TESTRUGBY.com TESTRUGBY.com
Opinionated Rugby Commentary - by Fans for Fans
Spill what you really think about events in the rugby world.
 
My Rugby Rants Add a New Rugby Rant
06 Aug 2018 by herbsconcrete 26 views 2 Comments
Hire Experts For Concrete Cutting Making The Best
Concrete Driveways Adelaide is often recommended because of their low servicing. While road needs maintenance over several decades, concrete, once set up and enclosed, needs very little care. However, the concrete costs more than the road to set up, so you do pay a price for the time you will save.
23 Jul 2018 by lease cleaning 5 views 0 Comments
Cleaning a House? The Daunting Task Now Made Easy
Being heavy surpassed with the showering powder also can shorten the life of your washing device as it creates extra suds.
20 Jul 2018 by lease cleaning 4 views 0 Comments
Take A Deep Breath And Clean Your House!
Continually don’t forget to change the cloths at the same time as you’re cleansing Carpet Cleaning Adelaide.
26 Mar 2018 by blackhorsefilm 2 views 0 Comments
Video Making for Business
Black Horse Film is a leading music video production company offers a range of photography, videography and corporate video production services throughout the Denver, Colorado and surrounding area.
23 Sep 2017 by hansensteven 2 views 0 Comments
Betway Casino Review
Betway Casino Review
18 Aug 2016 by The Commish 3 views 1 Comments
National Squads based on 2016 Super Rugby
Check out who all the performers were by country, based on the full 2016 Super Rugby Series.
18 Aug 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Best Performers Overall - Super Rugby 2016
Check out the best Fantasy players and best fifteen squad of all countries for the entire Super Rugby 2016 Season.
17 Jul 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 17 - Best Starting 15
It's the end of the Reound Robin play - check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
17 Jul 2016 by The Commish 3 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 17 - Best Possible Fantasy Team
It's the end of the round robin - check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
04 Jul 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Best Squads by Country
Take a look at who the performers are within each country.
03 Jul 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 15 - Best Starting 15
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
03 Jul 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 15 - Best Possible Fantasy Team
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
08 Apr 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 6 - Best Starting 15
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
08 Apr 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 6 - Best Possible Fantasy Team
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
29 Mar 2016 by The Commish 3 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 5 - Best Starting 15
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
29 Mar 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 5 - Best Possible Fantasy Team
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
20 Mar 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
Super 15 Round 4 - Best Starting 15
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
20 Mar 2016 by The Commish 3 views 0 Comments
Super Rugby - Best Fantasy Players
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say.
20 Mar 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
6 Nations Full Series - Best Starting 15
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say for the final Round and the entire Series.
20 Mar 2016 by The Commish 2 views 0 Comments
6 Nations Full Series - Best Fantasy Players
Check out the individual performers - here is what the stats say for the full series.
Next
Prev
Who Is The Best All Black Ever? 2 views 2 Comments
24 September 2012 by The Swede Eaters
 

Scotty Donaldson looks at if Richie McCaw or Sir Colin Meads are the best ever All Blacks?

The recent chat suggesting that Richie McCaw is the best All Black rugby player of all time is an interesting debate. I have decided to do some number crunching to compare Richie McCaw with Sir Colin Meads who is widely held in high regard as the best All Black in history.

Firstly, a sign of the quality of player is how they compare to their contemporaries and I think that is why Sir Colin Meads was considered so good. Meads was 102kg and 1.92 metres which today would see him play in the backline, but in his time of 1957-1971 he was a giant. The thing is that because Meads played such a long time ago when everyone (even international players) still had day jobs and there was limited footage and media coverage, they played less test matches, while heaps of rugby followers these days were not around back then to witness his greatness, so we have a biased view of Richie McCaw as the best All Black.

The beauty of both of these players is that they aren't pretty boys, but they are humble everyday rugby players who have been blessed with longevity in their rugby careers. Meads played for the All Blacks from when was 20 until he was 35 years old. McCaw debuted in 2001 age 20 years old and has since played 110 tests for the All Blacks 73 as captain and 1 other match as captain.

Both of these players showed their greatness by their ability to adapt to the game as they got older and slower. McCaw has developed his ball carrying ability to make him more of a hard running loose forward than he used to be. Many thought he would struggle to comeback after the Rugby World Cup 2011 victory where he limped his way through the tournament. But McCaw has been one of the more consistent All Blacks in 2012 and hopefully he has a few more years left in him. He is shorter than Sir Colin Meads. Meads also altered his game as he went from a loose forward in his early career to lock later on. He had the ball running ability to play anywhere.

Richie McCaw - 108kg, 1.87 metres, 110 test matches, 1 other match for All Blacks, 19 tries, 73 tests as captain.
Sir Colin Meads - 102kg, 1.92 metres, 55 test matches, 78 other matches for the All Blacks, 7 test tries, 4 tests as captain.

Both Richie McCaw and Sir Colin Meads have similarities, they are both All Black captains, they were both players who lead by example and weren't show ponies, both adapted their games to suit the changing times as they aged and if there were Rugby World Cups when Meads was playing, then surely he would have won at least as many as Richie has won. I think comparing these two greats is like comparing apples with oranges, they were both amazing players compared with their contemporaries.

I think that it is impossible to compare both of these legends of the game. Meads played over a longer period for the All Blacks than McCaw has, but I get the feeling that if McCaw can lift the Rugby World Cup in 2015 then I think that only then can he claim to be the best All Black of all time. I have loved the way he has played this year, as I thought he may be due for the scrapheap.

What do you think? Is Richie McCaw the best All Black of all-time or is Sir Colin Meads the best All Black of all time? Is there someone else like Michael Jones, Sean Fitzpatrick, Sir Brian Lochore or someone else who deserves the title of "Best All Black of All Time"?

What do you think?
http://www.superrugbytips.com/2012/09/who-is-best-all-black-of-all-time.html

Previous Story
Next Story
Tags:



comment Comments (2)
Rating:
Site User Upload

2 . Jeei 02 Oct 2012 02:26 PM
Just wis we could see more of what meads did, but its such a different game now. The more appropriate question is who is the best AB of the amatuer age and the professional age, then tehy both get to win!

Site User Upload

1 . taniwharugby 30 Sep 2012 11:17 AM
IMO Richie is the Greatest of all time (GOAT)however that does not detract from the fact Sir Colin is also a great.

Rather than watch highlights in low quality black and white film of the great Meads deeds, we get to watch McCaw the legend unfold before our eyes as he continues to re-write his legend, like you say, many thought he was on his way out this year, but he just keeps proving people wrong.

I think the next RWC may be a bridge too far, but if anyone can manage, it will be McCaw!

Page 1
Not registered yet? Register Now to be able to post comments.
Already registered? Login Here
none
Registered Users
Email (or Alias):

Password:

Login
? Forgot password
none

Register Here


NEW
Squad Shares
How to Play



TESTRUGBY.com © FitSurfer Fantasy Games Limited. Private information collected for this website is governed by our Privacy Policy
Powered by streamSWEET CMS