CHEAP SHOTS ON RICHIE McCAW
– v Australia, August 2006
Openside rival Phil Waugh breaks McCaw’s nose with a swinging arm and then he is lucky to escape serious injury after a spear tackle by Lote Tuqiri. The winger cops an 11-week ban as the All Blacks win 34-27.
– v Ireland, June 2010
Irish No.8 Jamie Heaslip is sent off for a couple of wild knees to McCaw’s head during their 66-28 defeat at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium. He said it was a “brain fart” and was banned for five weeks.
– v England, Nov 2010
Hooker Dylan Hartley lands a forearm blow to a prone McCaw in England’s 26-16 defeat at Twickenham but escapes sanction.
– v Wales, Nov 2010
Andy Powell’s high shot fells the New Zealand skipper but is missed by match officialS and the citing commissioner in the 37-25 victory at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
– v Australia, Aug 2011
The man Kiwis love to hate Quade Cooper knees a prone McCaw in the head while getting up from a ruck in the Wallabies’ 25-20 win in Brisbane but escapes a ban after saying it was accidental.
– v France, Oct 2011
McCaw, playing the Rugby World Cup final with a broken foot, had his eye gouged by French centre Aurelien Rougerie late in the match that the All Blacks won 8-7. He avoids being cited as footage emerges of the incident past the 36-hour citing window.
– v South Africa, Sept 2012
Replacement prop Dean Greyling is sin-binned after landing a forearm to McCaw’s face at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium. Greyling copped a two-week ban and the All Blacks won 21-11.
– v Australia, Oct 2012
Scott Higginbotham headbutts McCaw on the ground and then follows it up with a knee to his head in the 18-18 draw in Brisbane. He earns a four-week ban and is left out of the Wallabies’ squad to tour Europe.