The most iconic All Black of the professional era, Richie McCaw has arguably accomplished more in rugby than any player in history.
Tonight McCaw will break the record of legendary Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll for the most test caps, a milestone achieved over a phenomenal career that began in 2001.
Here we chart that journey through photos, from a prodigious young talent, to being the best openside flanker in the world. From being a leader in waiting to a World Cup winning captain. From being a product of the South Island, to a national treasure.
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