Richie McCaw hangs up boots to pursue flying passion

By Tamati Tiananga

All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw has announced that he will retire from professional rugby.  The world's most capped player is calling it a day to pursue his passion for flying.

The All Blacks skipper wanted to end his 15-year career on a high.  Since McCaw made his first test debut in 2001, he has played 148 the most number of tests by any player in rugby history.

110 of those as captain - a world record.

He has had 131 wins which is a record, he scored 27 tries as an All Black.

He has won the Bledisloe cup 10 times as captain, he has also won four Tri-Nation titles, three Rugby Championships and two World Cups.