McCaw hails “toughest” experience

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Richie McCaw and Bob McLachlan place 5th after day 1 at Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand on January 20, 2018 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Former All Black rugby captain seals superb top-10 Red Bull Defiance finish.

Richie McCaw will go down in history as one of the greatest ever rugby union players in the world, however even he revealed that Red Bull Defiance in New Zealand was “probably one of the toughest things I’ve done”.

The former All Black captain, who lifted the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups, took part in the punishing two-day adventure race around Wanaka with veteran Bob McLachlan.



The duo finished sixth overall in an excellent time of 14 hours and 35 minutes behind winners Braden Currie and Dougal Allan, who founded the gruelling course that features mountain biking, running, kayaking, abseiling and clay bird shooting.

Braden Currie and Dougal Allan cossing Minaret creek during Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand on January 20, 2018 –
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Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool

After winning the Sport category alongside 85 teams in the searing heat, Currie and Allan now switch their focus to the 10-day GODZone adventure race in Fiordland in March.

Red Bull Defiance in numbers 

71km MTB
38km run
40km kayak
60m abseil
5238 total height climbed
2 days

Alison Wilson and Liz McDougall on the mtb stage at Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand on January 21, 2018 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool
Competitors seen during the abseil at Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand on January 20, 2018 –
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Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool
Braden Currie and Dougal Allan as seen on the kayak leg during Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand on January 20, 2018 –
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Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool
Braden Currie and Dougal Allan win Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand on January 21, 2018 –
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Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

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