17 Jul 2015

No emotional farewell for McCaw

5:51 am on 17 July 2015

The All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is adamant he's given little thought to what in all likelihood will be his final test match in his Crusaders home town of Christchurch.

Tonight's test against Argentina kicks off the Rugby Championship and will be McCaw's 139th test in total.

The match will also be fellow Crusader Dan Carter's final test in Christchurch.

But the thought of such milestones gives McCaw little satisfaction.

Richie McCaw.

Richie McCaw. Photo: Photosport

"I want to make sure from a personal point of view and a team point of view we play well... that's the bit that brings a smile to your face and that's about as far as I have thought," he said.

"As you reflect after these games you might have a bit of a thought of that (playing your last test in Christchurch) but I just want to make sure we do it well. That's what will give you the best smile."

Following a lacklustre performance against Samoa McCaw said the side is determined to turn things around, although they haven't been tough on themselves in the wake of the 26-19 win in Apia.

"I haven't had to say too much because most the boys realise that standard isn't going to be good enough but you can't get yourself too much in a hole over it. There were probably some reasons for it but the key is to get the learnings out of it and make sure the things we got wrong we don't do (against Argentina)."

Dan Carter prepares for his final test in Christchurch.

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

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