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Richie McCaw navigates first rugby match of the year

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James Mortimer     13 Jul 2013     Getty Images

Points were in offer in the Metropolitan tournament, as McCaw's Christchurch RFC took on Lincoln University, winning 22-5, in a match where the 32-year-old played the full 80 minutes.

McCaw, who has played 116-Tests to be the most capped New Zealand Rugby international of all time, dropped his first ball, but clearly grew into the game as it progressed - hounding players more and more as the clock ticked, while he was happy to be used as a lineout target.

While McCaw admitted he had "heavy legs" towards the end of the match, he didn't deny he would play a part in the Crusaders campaign for the Investec Super Rugby Finals Series.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder was said to be at the ground and would have been happy his veteran came through with a full match, and McCaw said before suiting up in the red and black uniform he would talk with the former captain and current coach.

"It would be nice to be involved with the Crusaders, but that's a discussion I have to have (with Blackadder)," McCaw said.

"If that turns out to be the case (that they need me), then playing next week...I don't see that being a a problem."