Richie McCaw has signed a four-year contract extension with the Crusaders and NZRU.
The 30-year-old All Blacks captain announced the news on Wednesday morning, with the deal to keep him in New Zealand until 2015.
McCaw’s new contract has the same terms as the flyhalf Dan Carter signed last week, which includes several clauses like the opportunity to take a ‘sabbatical’ or possibly a complete break from the sport.
However, unlike Carter, McCaw said he had no interest in playing overseas.
‘It was nice he [Carter] made the same call,’ McCaw said at the press conference. ‘I don’t think I had the same interest that Dan did from overseas. I just always wanted the opportunity to stay in New Zealand.
‘I didn’t want to play that game [of playing overseas]. As someone who is honest I did not want to be telling them crap. The NZRU has been fair and as long as you are being treated fair, I am very happy.
‘I love playing for the All Blacks and the Crusaders and want to hang around for a bit longer yet.’
McCaw will be 34 by the 2015 World Cup in England, but there is a clause that allows the player and the NZRU to break ties if he is no longer capable of making the team on merit.