Will anyone overtake Richie #148



  • Of the players listed as active on the following Wikipedia link - who do we think might overtake Richie?
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rugby_union_Test_caps_leaders

    1. Richie McCaw
      131* Gethin Jenkins Debut 2002, Prop
      119* Martin Castrogiovannia Debut 2002, Prop
      119* Sergio Parisse Debut 2002, No. 8
      117* Bryan Habana Debut 2004, Whinger
      114* Adam Ashley-Cooper Debut 2005, Another Whinger
      108* Alun Wyn Jones Debut 2005, Lock
       
      Stephen Moore is on 105, Matt Giteau 102.
       
      Kieran Read is on 87, debuting between 3-6 years after that above list.
      Owen Franks on 80
      Sam Whitelock on 75
      Kaino on 69
      Ben Smith, Dagg, Aaron Smith, Retallick  on ~50


  • Michael Hooper is a shot I reckon - 54 games at 24 years old.



  • Yes, in roughly 25 years time, the fusion of Richie's spermatozoon and Gemma's ovum will pull on the black jersey for the first of 150 AB appearances.



  • It'll be some currently 20 year old northern hemisphere prop.
     
    Tho of the ones above Sergio Parisse has a good chance, 32 years old, so he will be aiming for next WC. With the 6N & tours he gets 10-12 tests a year
     
    So 119 now + 3 x 10 & a WC year & its 150+ easily. Plus he is utterly uncontested for his spot.
     
    The Aussies will struggle as they go off-shore so misss the easy tests (EG Gitau skipped the Pom games) and the 365 day season cripples them. Kiwis will struggle as the competition gets intense - a year ago Savea was on track for 70 test tries, now he'll struggle to make the EOYT if NMS comes back, DMac plays well in the ITM & Nahalo can go 2 games without dropping every single ball.



  • Yes, in roughly 25 years time, the fusion of Richie's spermatozoon and Gemma's ovum will pull on the black jersey for the first of 150 AB appearances.

    DC's kids as well.
     
    It's a pity that Richie didn't hook up with Kaino's sister (if he has one), imagine how awesome that kid would be! Might even be a better rugby player than Michael Jones. 😉



  • George Whitelock and Kayla Whitelock too. Guess we can see in time the success of the All Black/Black Stick breeding programme.



  • Whitelock the only real NZ possibility, but difficult to believe a lock could stay healthy enough for long enough to do it. If he does though locks are the hardest to breed of anyone so he won't be forced out as quickly as other positions.



  • Yes, in roughly 25 years time, the fusion of Richie's spermatozoon and Gemma's ovum will pull on the black jersey for the first of 150 AB appearances.

    That is without doubt the most disgusting thing I have read since the internet was invented. Disgusting!

    DC's kids as well.
     
    It's a pity that Richie didn't hook up with Kaino's sister (if he has one), imagine how awesome that kid would be! Might even be a better rugby player than Michael Jones. 😉

    Youse blokes are a disgrace ... a dis-bloody-grace I say!



  • George Whitelock and Kayla Whitelock too. Guess we can see in time the success of the All Black/Black Stick breeding programme.

    I've snuck back in to review just how thoroughly appawwlling those other blokes here have been, to discover that George (who I have enjoyed watching in the ITM Cup and at the Crusaders) has done alright for himself getting so close to the big prize and then winning the lottery.
     
    Maybe there was a carefully hidden secret plan behind establishment of the Whitelock stable. :good:



  • George North was considered a good chance but is probably injured too much to have a real chance now.



  • George North was considered a good chance but is probably injured too much to have a real chance now.

    At some stage he'll fall foul of the "not playing in Wales" law too.



  • DC's kids as well.
     
    It's a pity that Richie didn't hook up with Kaino's sister (if he has one), imagine how awesome that kid would be! Might even be a better rugby player than Michael Jones. 😉

    Richie and Valerie!



  • Parisse most likely I'd say.
     
    Jenkins is 35 and seems to have plenty left in the tank but not sure he can stick around long enough to get there.



  • Gethin Jenkins will break it I think. Sam Whitelock might break the NZ record. Maro Itoye is only 21 and looks like he will be in the England side barring injury for a loooooooooooooooong time. So McCaw's 148 tests will be beaten at some point.
     
    The GOAT's 131 Test wins is an even more impressive record and will stand for longer.



  • Richie and Valerie!

    I thnk Lisa Carrington needs to be top of the NZ female genetics list now.



  • I thnk Lisa Carrington needs to be top of the NZ female genetics list now.

    Pair up Ben from Accounts with Lisa to give us ample fullback/wing cover.



  • I thnk Lisa Carrington needs to be top of the NZ female genetics list now.

    Laura Langman too. Heard a stat the other day that suggested she had only missed two or three quarters throughout the entire history of the ANZ Championship. She has legendary fitness and never seems to get injured. Amazing considering the effort she always puts in.



  • Owen Frank's will beat Richie. And without a try.



  • It is interesting in New Zealand because competition for positions probably limits some guys, moreso than injuries I reckon.
     
    You look at our top cap winners - Gregan (139), AAC (116), Sharpe (116) and they didn't have many real peers. If George Smith (111) had stayed onshore, he might have amassed another 40 since 2013.



  • It is interesting in New Zealand because competition for positions probably limits some guys, moreso than injuries I reckon.
     
    You look at our top cap winners - Gregan (139), AAC (116), Sharpe (116) and they didn't have many real peers. If George Smith (111) had stayed onshore, he might have amassed another 40 since 2013.

    and prior to 2011, leaving NZ.
     
    Al our centurions have been since 2011.