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The Rugby Championship 2015

The 2015 edition of the Rugby Championship – the southern hemisphere’s pre-eminent international competition – kicked off on July 17. This year’s three-round contest was shortened because of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and saw New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina face each other only once. Australia were crowned 2015 champions, winning the tournament on August 8 for the first time since 2011.

(FILES) - A file picture taken on November 5, 2015, New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team captain Richie McCaw arrives at an official welcome parade and reception for the team in Christchurch, following their Rugby World Cup win against Australia in England on October 31. All Black skipper Richie McCaw announced his retirement on November 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Fiona GOODALL

‘The greatest All Black we’ve ever had’ – Richie McCaw retires

Retiring All Black skipper Richie McCaw is known by many names to Kiwi rugby fans – “Captain Fantastic”, “The Real McCaw”, “Richie McAwesome” – but team-mates simply call him GOAT: Greatest Of All Time. After 15 years at the top, the 34-year-old bowed out on Thursday on an unprecedented 148 test caps.

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