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.”
Erik Howard winced as he felt the familiar spasms in his lower back on the physio’s table. The worse they were, the better he had played. It was a ready-made barometer of performance, although he knew the pain would not leave him in his life after football.
Israel Folau, will he or won’t he take Rugby Australia to court? Raelene Castle, will she and should she survive the whole Folau saga? Can RA afford a long drawn-out episode in the courts? These questions currently dominate the headlines here in Australia. Worse, it’s a World Cup year!