The worst kept secret in world rugby is expected to be announced later this week, as publications in New Zealand are suggesting that a press conference will be held on Thursday where one of the greatest players ever to play the game of rugby is expected to officially confirm his retirement.
McCaw has been enjoying himself for the past two weeks since he helped his All Blacks side become the first team to ever retain the Webb Ellis trophy, and the first All Blacks side to win the World Cup on foreign soil, but the time has come to call an end to his playing career, and many publications over in New Zealand expect Thursday to be the date, as explained by Stuff.co.nz:
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is expected to confirm the country's worst-kept secret on Thursday by announcing his retirement from rugby.
Stuff understands the 35-year-old will officially hang up his playing boots at the announcement, a decision widely expected to come after he led New Zealand to their second straight Rugby World Cup title in England earlier this month.
Richie McCaw had been insisting that he had not made a decision on whether or not he would continue playing during the World Cup, and that has not changed since the tournament ended, but after being left out of the Crusaders squad for the 2016 season it seemed inevitable that he would retire as expected.
There had been speculation, mostly formed from the lack of talk on his retirement, that he would continue playing, but that is now expected to be ended on Thursday.
What a player, a what a way to go out.