Richie McCaw awarded New Zealand's highest honour
Former All Black captain Richie McCaw has been appointed to the Order of New Zealand - the country's highest honour.

McCaw, who turns 35 on 31 December, captained the All Blacks to 2015 World Cup glory and becomes the youngest ever holder of the order.

The honour does not carry any title but is restricted to 20 living members at any one time.

"It's an incredible honour," said McCaw. "I've never been comfortable with titles, it's not who I am."

McCaw retired in the wake of New Zealand's success at the World Cup in England as the All Blacks became the first country to win consecutive tournaments.

He played a world-record 148 Tests, winning 131, and is also a three-time winner of the World Player of the Year award.

"To have my rugby career recognised in this way is very special. I've been so lucky to have played with some truly awesome men and while I receive this award, my team-mates are a huge part of our success over the years," said McCaw.