New Zealand captain Richie McCaw is expected to announce his retirement from the sport this week after the All Blacks' World Cup success.
The most capped internaitional player of all time looks set to bring the curtain down on an outstanding career in the next few days.
McCaw led the All Blacks to their second consecutive World Cup at the end of October but had refused to confirm whether or not he would be hanging up his boots.
That announcement may reportedly now come next Thursday.
"He wanted to go into 2015 and enjoy playing the year without really worrying about whether everything he did was the last time he did it," said NZRU chief executive Steve Tew.
"He didn't want the team distracted by that and now he has asked for a little bit more time before finally making a decision and announcement.
"He won't be too far away from getting to that point and if we give him a little more space and have a little more patience we'll all be rewarded with the ultimate answer shortly."