New Zealand captain Richie McCaw is expected to play the final international match of his career this weekend – and his home town is bursting with pride.
Kurow sits on an isolated stretch of State Highway 83 between the gliding centre of Omarama and the seaside port of Oamaru.
The main drag – Bledisloe Street – is wide and nondescript – with a handful of coffee shops – two pubs and no traffic lights.
Humble would be an understatement.
The Waitaki Valley is good farming country – lush and fertile – and the McCaw family are renowned in the district as excellent farmers and top notch salt-of-the-earth people.
In Kurow no one has a bad word to say about them – or ‘Haka Jack’ as McCaw was known as a kid.
Richard Hugh McCaw (34) grew up in the isolated Hakataramea Valley – about six miles (10km) north of Kurow.
The land is rich – undulating and picturesque – in the spring a vivid palette of deep green grass – hazy purple mountains and mauve blossom trees.
An oasis for any child – let alone one who thrived outdoors.