2 Oct 2017

McCaw confirms retirement

9:01 am on 2 October 2017

Midfielder Gemma McCaw has ended confusion over her international hockey future saying she's retiring.

Last week New Zealand Hockey said McCaw was taking a break from the game but she has now confirmed her retirement.

McCaw said on Facebook "I would like to take this opportunity to announce the end of my hockey career with the Black Sticks. I feel very privileged for every opportunity I have had over the last 9 years and have loved representing my country.'

McCaw, who married former All Black captain Richie McCaw earlier this year, has confirmed an 'indefinite break' from international hockey to focus on her career.

Gemma McCaw

Gemma McCaw Photo: Photosport

McCaw, who is the third most capped women's player with 246 tests, has not played for New Zealand since the Rio Olympic Games after taking time away from the National Squad.

"To the girls that I've played alongside, it's been an absolute pleasure and I've enjoyed sharing the highs, lows, blood, sweat and tears that we've been through. We've dealt with some huge setbacks, coming agonizingly close to an Olympic Medal on two occasions and I admire you all for giving everything you have," said McCaw.

Gemma McCaw confirmed her retirement on social media.

Gemma McCaw confirmed her retirement on social media. Photo: Facebook