16 Jul 2015

A special captain's run for McCaw

6:28 pm on 16 July 2015

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has turned out for what may be his last ever captain's run in Christchurch.

Richie McCaw training ahead of the Rugby Championship match against Argentina.

Richie McCaw training ahead of the Rugby Championship match against Argentina. Photo: Photosport

A crowd of about 100 invited guests braved the cold and rain to get the chance to watch their favourite players practice today.

McCaw said training has been going well despite the cold weather.

"I'd like to think this week is going to better, I think in the Samoa test some of us where thinking to much rather than just playing the game."

The last time the All Blacks played at Christchurch's AMI Stadium was vs France in 2013.

"I hope it's not as cold as that match, I remember the frost on the ground before we even started." McCaw said.

He said the All Blacks defence knew they had to put the pressure on this week.

"I think the Argentina forward pack is the heart of the team, they are big men our boys are well aware of that, hopefully we can not only match but better what they bring."

"We know the standard of our game in Samoa is not good enough, so we need to make sure what we got wrong we don't do again, the expectation is that we will improve."

Argentina's captain Agustin Creevy said his team was excited to play the All Blacks.

"We are really confident, we know if we play to our game plan we can win the game."

"It's so cold here in Christchurch but we are not going to let that slow us down, i just hope it doesn't rain to much. "

Nine-year-old Jamie Hampton, who won a Facebook competition to come to the captains run and the game tomorrow, said he has been watching McCaw and Dan Carter play his whole life.

"It's sad it's their last game here because this is where they have played heaps of matches, but my favourite player is Ryan Crotty because he makes lots of big tackles."

Five-year-old Kayden Ferris said it was great to see the team practice.

Dan Carter prepares for his final test in Christchurch.

Dan Carter prepares for his final test in Christchurch. Photo: Photosport

"It's great to see Richie McCaw, he is my favourite player because he is a great kicker."

The weather forecast for tomorrow night's match in Christchurch is cloudy with a high of 11 degrees.

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