3 Dec 2008

McCaw enjoying playing alongside rivals

5:48 pm on 3 December 2008

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says he's enjoying the relaxed atmosphere heading into his debut for the Barbarians in tomorrow morning's Olympic centenary clash with Australia at Wembley.

McCaw's looking forward to ending the season playing alongside many of his rivals.

McCaw and South African John Smit, rival captains in the Tri-Nations and Super 14, are rooming together and says he's getting the chance to sit down and have a chat and a beer with players, without worrying about the pressure of international rugby.

He says given the nature of the game these days he doesn't usually get the chance to get to know opposition players off the field.

There are 4 New Zealanders in the starting lineup, McCaw, Jerry Collins, Rico Gear and Joe Rokocoko with Chris Jack in the reserves.

The match has been organised as part of the British Olympic Association's celebrations of the first London Olympics - when Australia won the rugby gold medal in 1908.