Running McCaw plots April return to aid Crusaders bid
RUGBY: New Zealand's World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw has begun running again following foot surgery but does not expect to be available for the Canterbury Crusaders' Super Rugby campaign until at least April.
McCaw battled through immense pain in his right foot during last year's Rugby World Cup as a screw inserted to fix a fracture before last year's Super Rugby competition only served to aggravate him.
The 31-year-old openside flanker had surgery after the World Cup to remove the screw and he said: "The foot is really good. I've just started back running. By March I should be close to knowing when I'll be back, but I'd say some time in April."
The Crusaders head to South Africa for two matches against the Lions in Johannesburg on March 31 and the Bulls in Pretoria on April 7, before they host the Stormers on April 14.
Meanwhile, Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch is likely to miss the rest of the Six Nations championship after fracturing his hand in Sunday's 27-13 defeat to Wales.