All Blacks rugby captain Richie McCaw has taken on another high-flying role, as an honorary squadron leader in the Air Force.
McCaw, 29, received his honorary commission last month after the Air Force said he had all the qualities or interests needed to benefit both the Air Force and McCaw, if he was made an officer.
Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott, said in the latest issue of the service magazine Air Force News, McCaw's interest in aviation and his outstanding sporting and leadership skills made him a prime candidate for an honorary commission.
Flying was in McCaw's blood, said the magazine. His grandfather was a fighter pilot in World War 2 and McCaw had been flying since childhood.
McCaw regularly spoke to air force people about leadership and it said his honorary commission was valid until the end of next year.