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No lack of motivation for McCaw
By Sean Martin
06:39 AEST Sat Jun 16 2012

The second Test is the first international to be played in Christchurch since major quakes wrecked Lancaster Park, but Richie McCaw isn't going to use what the city has endured as a rallying call for his players.

"It might give a little bit of motivation. I'd like to think it's there regardless, but looking at the big picture, people are getting the chance of coming to watch the All Blacks play in Christchurch is pretty significant really," says Captain McCaw, who will play his 105th Test match.

"We went on a wee drive through the town on the way here and I think the guys, even myself, haven't been through there properly and you realise the significance of what has happened here and just a wee reminder of that is probably enough."

The match against the Irish will be the first international at the Addington stadium - built in just 100 days - and McCaw believes the intimacy that the 21,000 fans will enjoy with the players could give the hosts an added advantage.

"The atmosphere we've experienced here for the Crusaders so far has been pretty cool so I'm sure it'll be the same tomorrow.

"It's just great from a Cantabrian's point of view to have footy here and a Test match."

The All Blacks overwhelmed Ireland 42-10 in the first Test a week ago in Auckland and while happy with the performance, McCaw stressed the need to eliminate errors and lift their game further against an Ireland side smarting after a heavy defeat.

"There's no doubt Ireland will be better for that run and we have to make sure that we are as well."


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