Monday 22 January 2018

McCaw believes Christchurch setting will inspire All Blacks

New Zealand's Richie McCaw, left, tackles Ireland's Simon Zebo
New Zealand's Richie McCaw, left, tackles Ireland's Simon Zebo

Hugh Farrelly in Christchurch

RICHIE McCAW says New Zealand are bringing extra motivation into tomorrow’s second Test against Ireland with the players desperate to produce a big performance to honour the people of Christchurch.

The All Blacks captain was part of hugely impressive display last weekend in Eden Park when Ireland were hammered 42-10 but believes the world champions can be better again in the first international to be played in Christchurch since last year’s earthquake.

“It might give a little bit of motivation. I'd like to think it’s there regardless, but looking at the big picture, people are getting the chance of coming to watch the All Blacks play in Christchurch is pretty significant really,” said McCaw ahead of his 105th Test match.

“We went on a wee drive through the town on the way here and I think the guys, even myself, haven't been through there properly and you realise the significance of what has happened here and just a wee reminder of that is probably enough.

“There's no doubt Ireland will be better for that run and we have to make sure that we are as well.”

Meanwhile, Ireland assistant coach singled out Aaron Smith for special praise as today’s Captain’s Run press conference comparing the new All Blacks scrum-half to Australia’s Will Genia, generally regarded as the world’s best No 9.

“He’s a boy who’s heading in the right direction,” said Kiss. “He’s not Genia yet, but he’s got something in him, hasn’t he?”

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