We met Richie McCaw a couple of years ago when out visiting our son who was playing rugby in Christchurch.
He was a really genuine bloke who belied the notion that all top sportspeople are only interested in themselves.
I was so pleased to see him lift the World Cup trophy this morning – albeit after an incredibly close match. It means so much to our Kiwi friends who must have been watching the game through their fingers.
I’ve always had an affinity for the All Blacks ever since I played against them for the South of Scotland. I’m afraid to admit that we huddled down around our own 22m line when they performed their Haka – a bit different from how the French faced up to it today.
It’s funny how that memory has stayed with me ever since and has probably helped me more than once to accept a challenge in a direct and respectful manner.