Planet Rugby

Hansen backs McCaw return

30th September 2013 17:06

Share:

Richie McCaw watching All Blacks train

Set to play: Richie McCaw

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen expects Richie McCaw to feature against the Springboks at Ellis Park on Saturday in the Rugby Championship decider.

A knee injury against Argentina this month forced the skipper to miss a home match against South Africa and the return game against the Pumas.

New Zealand arrived in Johannesburg on Monday with Hansen upbeat that McCaw will be in the starting line-up for the sell-out Test showdown.

"Richie got better and better last week as he trained in Argentina and feels he will be fine. I agree with that assessment," said the coach.

Champions New Zealand have 23 points and South Africa 18 going into the final round.

To snatch the title, the Boks must win by more than seven points, score four tries, and prevent the All Blacks picking up a losing bonus point.

  • Rugby Championship Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
Argentina vs South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Preview
Saturday , September 6
New Zealand vs Argentina08:35
Australia vs South Africa11:05
Saturday , September 13
New Zealand vs South Africa08:35
Australia vs Argentina11:05
Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Argentina vs New Zealand23:10
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
Argentina vs Australia23:40
More Rugby Championship fixtures
  • Rugby Championship Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Saturday , August 16
Australia 12 - 12 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
South Africa 13 - 6 ArgentinaSouth Africa vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
  • Rugby Championship Table
Rugby Championship Table
PosTeamPPts
1South Africa14
2Australia12
3New Zealand12
4Argentina11