30 Mar 2011

McCaw turns down invite to royal wedding

8:45 pm on 30 March 2011

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has turned down an invitation to attend the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

McCaw has been sidelined with a foot injury and his manager says that, although the invitation is a great honour, the foot might swell on a flight to London and hurt McCaw's recovery and performance in the Rugby World Cup later this year.

The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will be held on 29 April. The tournament starts on 9 September.

The chairman of Monarchy New Zealand, Simon O'Connor, says Prince William is an avid rugby fan and will understand and support McCaw's decision.