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McCaw ready for Sydney return

14th August 2014 17:15


Richie McCaw alongside Keven Mealamu at All Blacks team run

Hungry: Richie McCaw

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw is happy to get a shot at making amends for his Sydney Super Rugby penalty offence at the earliest opportunity.

McCaw, whose Crusaders side lost 33-32 to the Waratahs in the recent final, returns to the same ground but on international duty this Saturday.

And he admits he's keen to atone for that error.

"Just from a personal point of view, being over here a couple of weeks ago for Super Rugby, to get a chance to come back, have a crack at Bledisloe is pretty exciting," he told

"It will be a good challenge. I think we always realised that, so we're looking forward to it."

There will be seven Waratahs in Australia's starting line-up, but coach Ewen McKenzie has opted to drop one, Bernard Foley, to the bench in a move that surprised All Blacks boss Steve Hansen. McCaw, however, was unmoved by the decision and revealed they would have the same plan for both players.

"It was always going to be either/or really," he added.

"I thought Foley might have been there after what he's done in Super Rugby but Beale's played pretty well, especially in the final a couple of weeks ago.

"It doesn't change things a whole lot from what we want to do. Our goal is to give him as little ball as possible.

"So if we can do that, we'll be happy."

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