A player like Richie McCaw comes along once in a lifetime… The Open Side will define that player. Rarely has a New Zealand biography been so eagerly anticipated. Superbly crafted, brilliantly insightful, and set to inspire people for generations to come.
From the time his father told him as a child that ‘he would enjoy his rugby more if he got fitter’, Richard Hugh McCaw never looked back. Captain of the All Blacks since 2006, he is the face of rugby in New Zealand and one of our best-known and most admired figures. He has been named International Player of the Year three times and is considered the greatest player of his generation, and quite possibly the finest loose forward of all time. But what do we know of Richie the person and what drives him? In The Open Side, he reveals his passions and motivations, on and off the field. Teamed with Greg McGee, one of our great contemporary writers — and a man who himself is no stranger to rugby culture — the two have produced an outstanding book. The Open Side delves into the inner McCaw, the defining events and people in his life, as well as providing insight into the modern game and its professional players and coaches — including frank comment on the Deans–Henry debate. Richie’s leadership has had a huge impact on the team, and The Open Side traces his rise from fresh-faced Under 19 squad member in 1999 to hardened 100-cap veteran in 2011. As a participant in three Rugby World Cups, Richie describes the agony of defeat in 2007, and the four years of ‘living in a tunnel’ before clawing his way to ‘the light’ of a dramatic victory with the All Blacks in the 2011 final.
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Very good sir richie!
Much like Pocock's "Openside" Richie's "Open Side" is a very personal and insightful read. his personal opinions on robbie deans and all blacks staff as well as his mate Quade haha. A perfectionist if there ever was one, the amount of time he brings up the fateful loss in cardiff back in 2007 shows just how hard he is on himself and why he demands perfection. even in school he demanded perfection from himself, and very strong willed person and a very honest person with typical richie dialect. if you liked Pocock's, you'll love Richie's. I'm an Aussie by the way but Richie is my favourite and this just sums up why he is so many others favourites as well. like Pocock he puts people before himself. also an insight into his relationships off the field. there is pure honest in this and his values really shine through of what the man is all about. read it in one day (yesterday when it came out )
Brilliant book, brilliant individual. A great read and insight into what it takes to be the best. Personal, no nonsense and a humble book, much like the man himself. Couldn't put it down.
A good human being
I enjoyed the book, not for the content but to learn what a motivated, talented, hardworking good human being Richie is. We'll written and it shows the honest side of rugby, New Zealand and the All Blacks.