That Test was believed to be McCaw’s last for the All Blacks in New Zealand but he won’t confirm it.
“I haven’t shut the door totally because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel come the end of October,” McCaw has told the New Zealand Herald.
“The door is open a little bit but I just want to concentrate on what I’m doing now and get a bit of separation after the World Cup.”
McCaw said that after playing international rugby since 2001, “part of (retiring) scares you a little bit.
“I’ve done the same thing for so many years,” he said. “To all of a sudden be having to figure out something else to do is a bit daunting.
“Conversely, a lot of people at this age change careers. It’s a big decision that they don’t have to make, but they choose to. The only difference is it comes to us whether we want to or not.”
McCaw has ruled out a career in politics.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday that he will again offer McCaw the knighthood he declined after leading New Zealand to victory at the 2011 World Cup. Key said McCaw would make a great future prime minister.
But McCaw said politics is not for him … at this stage.
“No, no. I’ve got to say I don’t think that would be for me,” McCaw says. “I’m probably like everyone and have an interest … from afar.
“I’d hate to get in amongst that, I reckon. I’m quite happy just watching.”
In the 2002 film About Schmidt, Jack Nicholson kept a rein on his overworked, latter-career mannerisms, in what was a controlled, subtle performance that contributed to a greatly satisfying commentary on the simultaneous blandness and complexity of small-town, big-country America.
A win is a win, the old adage goes. So on paper, at least, the Wallabies 26-7 victory over Italy, with a four tries to one advantage, looks impressive given the recent run of dismal results for Australia.