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Richie McCaw to become a commercial helicopter pilot after retiring

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New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has announced his retirement from rugby and revealed that he now plans to focus on his future career as a commercial helicopter pilot.

The 34-year-old, who led the All Blacks to two World Cup victories, has hung up his boots just a day after the untimely death of rugby union legend - and fellow New Zealander - Jonah Lomu.

In his farewell speech in Wellington, McCaw paid tribute to the great Lomu and elaborated on what he plans to do now his glittering career has finally come to an end.


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"I am heavily involved in the Christchurch Helicopters company, they are great people and I'm excited about the opportunities there,” the most-capped All Black of all time was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“Aviation is something I'm passionate about, I'm going to carry on flying and work towards getting my commercial pilot licence.”

McCaw pays tribute to Jonah Lomu

On Lomu, who died earlier this week at the age of 40, McCaw was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "My thoughts and condolences go to his wife and two boys," added McCaw, a former team-mate of the giant winger.

"When I became an All Black he was in the team. To play with him was amazing. I remember one of my first games, I climbed off the bus and the mob came towards me and I thought 'this is pretty cool, being an All Black' but they kept going because they only wanted to be near to Jonah.

"There are a lot of people round the world hurting at the loss of a great man."

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