Richie McCaw signs new New Zealand deal until 2015

Richie McCaw
McCaw is a huge influence in one of the world's strongest Test teams

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has signed a new four-year deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union which will keep him playing in his homeland beyond this year's World Cup.

McCaw has joined fly-half Dan Carter in overlooking potentially lucrative long-term offers to play abroad.

However, the deal does allow him to take up a short-term overseas contract.

"I've always said that as long as I am enjoying playing footy in New Zealand then I will stay," he said.

"I still have the hunger and desire to continue to play for the All Blacks and the Canterbury Crusaders, and there are still things I want to achieve as a player."

McCaw's decision comes just a week after Carter also re-signed until 2015, and both are the latest in a group of more than 20 All Blacks who have opted to remain in New Zealand after the country hosts the World Cup in September and October.

"McCaw is an inspiration both on and off the field and as our most-capped Test captain and All Black, he will provide New Zealand rugby and the All Blacks with a very solid foundation to approach the next four years from 2012," said NZRU chief executive Steve Tew.

Openside flanker McCaw - a three-time winner of the IRB International Player of the Year award - has played 94 Tests, a national record he holds jointly with full-back Mils Muliaina, having made his debut as a 20-year-old in 2001 against Ireland.

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