Thursday 20 June 2019

'Richetty grub' - Insulting Richie McCaw caricature makes Australian front page news

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw

Declan Whooley

Australia and New Zealand will renew rivalries in this weekend's World Cup final and one Australian news outlet hasn't held back in their vies of All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

Steve Hansen's side will be aiming to retain their crown against their fierce rivals at Twickenham and will be able to call on the services of the flanker after fears that he could miss the decider following an incident during the sem8i-final victory over the Springboks.

Francois Louw required medical attention after McCaw made contact at a ruck in the first-half of the bruising encounter. Some observers were convinced that it was a deliberate act of foul play, but the player escaped any citing and is free to play on Sunday.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph has taken aim at McCaw's propensity to play on the edge of the rules, mocking up a picture his head on the body of a witchetty grub, an insect well known in Australia and familiar to fans of the show 'I'm a Celebrity…Get me Out of here'

With a headline reading 'Richetty grub stands in our Wallabies' way', the paper explains just why McCaw is the front-page news.

"He's been bugging Australia for years with his grubby interpretation of rugby's rules. Now it is only the Richetty grub that stands between the Wallabies and World Cup glory."

McCaw's mastery of the game's "dark arts" is further illustrated.

"Whether it’s coming in illegally from the side, rolling away from the maul the wrong way to disrupt the halfback’s passing, or holding on to the tackled player too long, the Richetty grub is the master of the dark arts of breakdown cheating."

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