Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

McCaw set for decision

Richie McCaw

New Zealand and Crusaders captain Richie McCaw expects to make a decision on his rugby future within a month.

McCaw, who is set to play his first Super Rugby match of the season against the Chiefs at Mount Maunganui on Friday night, is off contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union at the end of this year and was quizzed about his future after the Crusaders trained in Christchurch on Wednesday.

"I've been thinking about it and, hopefully, will have something sorted in the next month," he said.

He added: "I've always said it would be nice to have it done before the end of the Super 15."

The 30-year-old has previously expressed an interest in staying in New Zealand, but he said it was important to make the right decision.

"It's a bit different this time - it's about making sure I make the decision right for the right reasons."

McCaw said contract details such as how long it would extend were being discussed.

"That's what we are talking about at the moment. I haven't signed anything because we're working through those sorts of things.

"When you get to 30 [years old] you have to assess where you are at because in two or three years time that might be the finish of your playing career.

"You've got to make sure you weigh up where you're at and I've been talking to the New Zealand Union about that as well so that's where we are at."

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