Richie McCaw and Dan Carter with the William Webb Ellis trophy.
Richie McCaw and Dan Carter with the William Webb Ellis trophy. Getty Images

All Blacks' McCaw won't talk about rugby retirement

ALL Blacks captain Richie McCaw would not talk about retirement after leading his team to back-to-back world rugby titles.

McCaw also became the first captain to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy twice as New Zealand became the first team to win three rugby World Cup crowns.

A number of All Blacks are bowing out of international rugby after the final and McCaw was expected to join the likes of Keven Mealamu, Conrad Smith, Ma' Nonu and Dan Carter in ending their All Blacks career.

But when asked if was now going to call it quits, McCaw said: "I don't want it to end.

"I will think about it later."

The All Blacks led 16-3 at half-time but the Wallabies closed to within four points in the second half following Ben Smith's sin-binning.

McCaw was asked if he was anxious as the Wallabies got back in the game and said: "I wouldn't say anxious. I knew the momentum was against us but we have been in those situations before.

"It's a matter of not panicking. I've done it many times over the years but to do it in World Cup final shows the calibre we've got.

"I am so proud of the guys. We lost a bit of momentum in the second half but we kept our composure and came back strong."

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