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Refreshed McCaw ready to reinvent himself once more

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Greg Ford, Chris Dutton

Reinvention ... McCaw.

Reinvention ... McCaw. Photo: Getty Images

HANGOVER? What Rugby World Cup hangover? Richie McCaw has shunned any talk of last year's tournament slowing him down, feels as if he could have played rugby a month ago and the ensuing four weeks watching his colleagues in the trenches have piqued his motivation levels.

If McCaw comes through training tomorrow he will be named in the Crusaders' 22 to play the Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday.

Life has been ''pretty mad'' for him during the past six months, with his focus only returning to matters rugby in the past month.

''You know you are ready to go again when you start imagining what you would do in certain situations and I have found myself doing that over the last month while watching the TV, imagining how I would have tried to tackle a bloke in certain situations,'' McCaw said.

''I do not think you will see massive changes in my game this year, but I am always trying to get better and there are certain things happening in the game that mean I will have to evolve, for example how I defend. There's a much more team approach to turning over ball, so I will have to adjust and get better at that.''

McCaw is a master at reinventing himself. From young tyro, master fetcher, marked man, emerging captain and ball runner, the 31-year-old is now at an interesting crossroads.

''Plenty of players do not reach their peak until their 30s and I would like to think I am one of them,'' he said. ''My body is as fit and fast as it has ever been, maybe not right now, but it will be in a few weeks. And I feel good mentally now that there are some great challenges ahead.''

Meanwhile, the ACT Brumbies will have a new captain when they attempt to end their South African tour on a high as Ben Mowen battles a persistent neck injury.

He has not trained for the past two days in the lead up to the Lions match this weekend.

Brumbies coach Jake White will name his team tomorrow and it is expected vice-captain Stephen Moore will be given the captaincy duties.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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