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Richie McCaw conquers elements to beat Sir JK

Published: 3:53PM Wednesday May 15, 2013 Source: ONE News

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has notched up another victory for his impressive resume, conquering the elements to win a Man vs. Wild inspired event today.

Pitted against Sir John Kirwan, the two rugby greats were each dropped onto two remote mountain ranges.

Representing the South Island, McCaw was dropped at the top of Mt Benmore in the Mackenzie Basin this morning, while Sir John was lifted onto Mt Henmore in the Hauraki Gulf.

Armed with only a phone, 12 survival items and their wits, McCaw and Sir John had to complete several challenges to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service.

McCaw had to demonstrate how to treat someone with hypothermia and make a cup of tea, while Sir John successfully built a pizza oven from logs, and strapped up someone with a broken femur.

The pair were also making calls throughout the day to generate donations, and in the final count McCaw came out on top, rallying his friends to make $17,096.

Sir JK raised $15,292, but McCaw was gracious in victory.

"It's all about the total, commiseration mate but a great effort to you," he told Kirwan on TV ONE's Seven Sharp.

For failing the competition Kirwan also had to wear a T-shirt saying "I love Chch", especially humiliating as his Blues side face the Crusaders this weekend.

However, Kirwan said it should provide his players with inspiration heading into the crucial clash and he will wear it during his team-talk.