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He was the first name on the All Blacks team sheet for much of his 14-year tenure but legendary openside Richie McCaw says the No. J. R. Reid Jersey .7 role is a matter of horses for courses.McCaw, now 35, played a record 148 Tests for his country, including 110 as All Blacks skipper.In that time he lifted two Rugby World Cups and 10 Bledisloe crowns as captain, as well as the World Rugby Player of the Year award three times.But the former Crusaders No.7 jumper has been hotly contested following his 2015 retirement, with Sam Cane, Matt Todd and livewire Ardie Savea all vying for the role.Cane has typically served as the incumbent openside when fit, with Savea serving as team super-sub due to his high-intensity style and carrying ability.Yet McCaw, who was typically preferred by coach Steve Hansen for the full 80 minutes of Tests, felt the decision to go with a Cane-Savea two-punch combo wasnt too much of an aberration.At the moment theyve got two No.7s they want to have in the matchday squad, so thats how they share that role, McCaw told NZN.I guess as captain, its a bit like Kieran Read at the moment, theyre not going to replace him most games so having a reserve No.8 probably isnt what you need.Savea, who weighs in at 100kg, told reporters on Monday he was struggling to put on the weight necessary to thrive as a Test openside.Cane, who sits around eight kilos heavier, said he could empathise with the Hurricanes ace given the importance of dominating at the breakdown.It was this extra weight that gave Cane the edge at selection time, according to Hansen.The 24-year-olds experience also came in handy, having played 37 Tests, including one as captain.The big deciding factor comes down to the physicality that Sam provides, hes a little more physical than the other two, particularly in the tackle, Hansen said.Its the old adage, the big strong guy who can do all the things the little guy can do, hes got the advantage because hes just got the size.McCaw, who weighed in at 107kg during his playing days, was impressed with the depth of talent currently pursuing the openside role.Cane had stepped into his shoes with aplomb in 2016, before a hamstring injury gave Todd the chance to shine against South Africa and Australia.The Chiefs co-captain will return to the breach at No.7 against Ireland on Saturday.When you look at the three of them, in most teams around the world theyd get a run, so were pretty lucky, McCaw said. Kobi Simmons Jersey .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Hornets Jerseys 2020 .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. https://www.cheaphornets.com/855l-malik-monk-jersey-hornets.html . - Chris Tierney snapped a tie with a power-play goal late in the third period as the London Knights rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Erie Otters 5-3 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday. LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Makayla Epps scored 20 points, Evelyn Akhator had 15 points and 13 rebounds and No. 20 Kentucky defeated Samford 80-57 on Sunday.Taylor Murray also had 15 points, going 5 of 7 from the field and the line, and Makenzie Cann came off the bench for 12 points for the Wildcats (5-1).Kentucky had a 22-12 lead after one quarter and held Samford scoreless over the final 6:05 of the second to go up 41-17 at the half. The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to two field goals in 14 aattempts in the second quarter and 27 percent shooting for the half. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Jersey. Samford (2-4) hit 9 of 12 in the third quarter, scoring 25 points, but still trailed 63-42. Kassidy Blevins had 18 points and Hannah Nichols added 17 off the bench.Kentucky shot 52 percent for the game. Samford shot 58 percent in the second half to finish at 42 percent overall. ' ' ' 
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