New Zealand All Blacks
October 24, 2011 by staff
The captain of the All Blacks, a veteran of 103 tests in New Zealand and 110 games for the Crusaders, is proud of his physical condition and is known to have a cardiovascular system almost freakishly effective. He is always on or near him in the aptitude tests for the All Blacks.
But it was in emotional tightrope had to walk for 8-7 victory over France, which had more of a toll.
His counterpart in France, Thierry Dusautoir, become a party man, and performance was also an inspirational leader, but McCaw tenacity and the experience was an important factor in the All Blacks maintain their one point to the end.
It was a victory that owed so much willpower to McCaw and then paid for it.
“I do not think it was so broken as to be honest,” he said. “I do not know if it was the emotional part, so get in that game.
“I’m so relieved, actually, and it was not until I woke up this morning that maybe I had not realized what we had done, while last night was a relief more than anything else.”
The dried blood was still visible on the face of McCaw as he spoke yesterday after his team had marched triumphantly through central Auckland. He continued his training to a minimum during this tournament because of pain in his right foot problems and was determined to lead his team to victory after disappointments in the World Cup the last two.
He got his reward on Sunday night, raising his arms in joy after the final whistle of referee Craig Joubert.
The crowd cheered when McCaw ready to answer the first question on television interviewer at Eden Park yesterday and continued cheering while cradling the Webb Ellis Cup in the rear of the convoy.
He said participation: “I’m impressed This shows how much support the All Blacks and rugby in New Zealand never really had underestimated, but to see people come out and show that the support was incredible … kiwis sometimes do not show your emotions too much, but there was plenty of that. In the last six weeks each has behind the tournament for what has been a success so this has perhaps crowned. ”
The celebrations of the All Blacks in Christchurch will continue today in McCaw and coach Graham Henry will address the crowd at Hagley Park after another parade. Tomorrow is the turn of Wellington.
McCaw said his foot, which has a screw inserted into a bone to repair a stress fracture, he “looked in the next couple of weeks, but I’m not worried about that to be honest.”
Crusaders mate Daniel Carter was forced to watch the game from the bench, but was included in the parade, like other injured players Mils Muliaina and Colin Slade.
“To share the moment with all the fans who have been supporting us for six or seven weeks has been unbelievable,” said Carter.
“It’s definitely not make it easy for viewers, which was a close game, intense. But I had faith in the boys all the way through.”
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