Richie McCaw says it’s likely he’ll retire after this year’s Rugby World Cup, but it’s not a done deal yet.
The 34-year-old All Blacks captain told media at Crusaders training on Thursday that he won’t chase overseas cash after the 2015 World Cup, unlike several of his experienced All Blacks colleagues.
McCaw wouldn’t confirm he would retire after the World Cup, but told media there was every chance that would happen, the NZ Rugby website says.
“Honestly, I haven’t made any final decisions but probably the likelihood is I’m not going to be playing next year. But I don’t want to be getting carried away now talking about those sorts of things when I am focusing about playing,” he said.
“I want to really enjoy this year but, as I say, that’s the likelihood and I don’t want to make any big announcements because I don’t think that would be right going into a season.”
McCaw said he wasn’t worried about forgoing a lucrative overseas deal, saying he had to ask himself why he was playing.
“I’ve always said that if I was enjoying it and wanted to carry on playing then I would play here.
“If I’m not enjoying it and decide I’ve got to go off just play to earn some cash I think that would be pretty tough.”
Veteran All Blacks Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu and Dan Carter have already signed deals to play overseas.