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Richie McCaw says big-game nerves never go away as Crusaders face Waratahs in Super Rugby final

Richard Knowler For Richie McCaw, the job of preparing for big rugby matches should be as simple as flicking dust off his shoes.

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Richie McCaw to test broken ribs as Crusaders face ferocious Sharks in Super Rugby semi-final

Richie McCaw is confident about playing against the Sharks, despite not being fully fit.

Captain Richie McCaw entered the annals of New Zealand rugby folklore by playing in the 2011 World Cup with a broken foot but the pain was nothing compared to taking on England last month with...

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Andrew Mehrtens backs Crusaders to spoil Waratahs' party

Big task: Waratahs players put in the hard work ahead of the Super Rugby final.

Georgina Robinson The Crusaders' ability to lift on the big stage will enable them to beat the odds and hold up the Super Rugby trophy at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, predicts All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens.

Richie McCaw out for Crusaders

Sidelined: Richie McCaw.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will miss the Crusaders' crucial final round Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Union

Brumbies wary of Super Rugby's 'absolute warrior' Richie McCaw

He's back: Richie McCaw speaks to the media ahead of his comeback match for the Canterbury Crusaders.

Chris Dutton He has never lost to the ACT Brumbies in New Zealand. But the ACT Brumbies believe they can finally overcome Richie McCaw.

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All Blacks must drop Richie McCaw ... for now

Richie McCaw lifts the The Webb Ellis trophy in 2011.

Mark Reason Steve Hansen has some big calls to make in the coming months. Perhaps the biggest call is to drop Richie McCaw as the captain of the All Blacks and to drop him from the November tour of Europe.

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Western Force captain Matt Hodgson readies for Richie McCaw

Raring to go: Matt Hodgson.

For Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson, there'll be more than just team glory on the line during Friday night's crunch Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Richie McCaw's broken thumb is more pain for Crusaders

Richie McCaw

Duncan Johnstone The Crusaders will know on Monday whether Richie McCaw will require surgery on a broken thumb that will have him absent from their struggling Super Rugby campaign for up to eight weeks.

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Richie McCaw out for two months with broken thumb

Richie McCaw.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will miss about half of the Crusaders' Super Rugby season after breaking a bone in his thumb.

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Union

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham preparing for Richie McCaw's Crusaders return

Richie McCaw has been described as one of the best All Blacks of all-time by Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore.

David Polkinghorne Richie McCaw's influence is so great even his presence on the training track can turn the Canterbury Crusaders around.

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Richie McCaw targets Springboks game for All Blacks return

Richie McCaw.

The All Blacks have gambled on injured Richie McCaw being fit for their showdown Test against the Springboks early next month, and named the talismanic skipper in the 28-man touring squad.

All Blacks lose Richie McCaw, Cory Jane for Wallaby Test

Cory Jane

The All Blacks suffered a double blow on the eve of Saturday's Test against the Wallabies with captain Richie McCaw and wing Cory Jane ruled out after picking up injuries in training.

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Union

I preferred Graham Henry over Robbie Deans for All Blacks job, says skipper Richie McCaw

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Paul Cully Richie McCaw has revealed that he told the NZRU that the Graham Henry-led ticket was the better option than appointing Robbie Deans after the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup failure.

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Richie McCaw returns in All Blacks training squad

Richie McCaw.

Veteran flanker Richie McCaw has been included in a 30-man All Blacks squad to train in Auckland this week.

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Matt Todd misses out as All Blacks welcome back Carter

Back in black: Dan Carter has been named in a 31-man New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championship.

Marc Hinton Dan Carter is back, as is Charles Piutau, but it is the selection of Sam Cane ahead of unlucky Crusader Matt Todd that might be considered the chief talking point of Steven Hansen's Rugby...

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Wycliff Palu is excited by the noise as the Waratahs chase the Super Rugby title

Georgina Robinson As little as two years ago, when Waratahs fans weren't booing - they were mute. Dead quiet. 

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NSW Waratahs magic makes this tragic see the light ... testify

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons Oh people my people, “’Tah-gics” all ... Long, long have we suffered, meandering in ever diminishing numbers through the shadow of the Valley of Death, heaped with derision and...

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NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

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Paul Cully Big man, big occasion, big impact. No one else in Australia could have done what Will Skelton did in setting up that try for Bernard Foley to put the icing on the Waratahs' cake in their Super Rugby...

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Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

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Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

Spiro Zavos dinkus

Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.