McCaw admits 2015 could be the end

Date published: February 19 2015

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has revealed that he won't joining some of his international team-mates by moving to an overseas-based club.

McCaw said there was a "likelihood" that he would retire at the end of the World Cup later this year although he hasn't made a final decision on the issue yet.

The 34-year-old was adamanet, however, that he would not be chasing the big money abroad.

"I am not looking overseas and nothing has changed there," McCaw told Fairfax Media.

Fellow All Blacks Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith will join French clubs after the World Cup but McCaw confirmed he will not follow that route despite recent reports linking him to Smith's club Pau.

He did that he would retire after the World Cup but said he won't make an announcement soon as he wants to concetrate on playing for the Crusaders.

"Honestly, I haven't made any final decisions, but probably the likelihood is I am not going to be playing next year," added McCaw.

"But I don't want to be getting carried away now, talking about those sorts of things when I am focusing on playing.

"I want to really enjoy that [playing] this year. As I say, that is the likelihood, but I don't want to make any big announcements now because I don't think that would be right going into a season and I want to enjoy that.

"It certainly won't be about going overseas or anything like that."

McCaw doesn't have a problem with players who move overseas to earn more money but said that wasn't a motivational factor for him.

"Everyone is motivated a bit differently," he explained.

"I have always said that is not my No 1 motivation. Obviously it is nice to play and get well looked after because of that.

"But I have always said if I am enjoying it and want to carry on playing, then I would play here.

"Everyone is different. I don't begrudge guys and good on them for taking the opportunity."