McCaw’s blindside move not permanent

Date published: November 13 2014

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All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw’s move to blindside flanker for Saturday’s Test against Scotland is unlikely to happen again.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw’s move to blindside flanker for Saturday’s Test against Scotland at Murrayfield is unlikely to happen again.

McCaw – who is arguably the game’s best ever openside flanker and a veteran of 135 Tests – will wear the number six jersey for the first time in a Test while Sam Cane starts on the openside flank.

He has played at number eight on two occasions and been a replacement six times in his previous Tests.

There have been suggestions in the past that the 33-year-old – like another great All Blacks number seven, Michael Jones – should move to the blindside flank as he enters the twighlight phase of his stellar career.

But All Blacks coach Steve Hansen ruled out that possibility.

“Am I thinking about turning Richie into a six? No,” he said.

“But it’s nice to know if they work together because that might be what we roll with, with Sam as a reserve.”

Hansen’s reasoning behind McCaw’s switch and Cane’s selection is tactical as he expects Scotland to play expansively.

“We want to put as much pressure on them at the breakdown as we can.

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