RWC winning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will receive an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand, despite having only three years completion in an agricultural science degree he started back as an 18 year old. He has had to fit his studies around his professional rugby career.He will receive his honorary doctorate next April.

Richie turned down a knighthood during the last week, claiming it was not yet the right time while he was still playing rugby for New Zealand.He is still only 30 yrs old and has a couple of years left for NZ and perhaps three more with the Crusaders super 15 franchise in Canterbury.
He actually holds a glider pilot's licence and is a grandson of a former WW2 Kiwi fighter ace Jim McCaw.

Lincoln University has stated the honorary doctorate is to recognise his hugely impressive leadership of the All Blacks over many years, and the recent Rugby World Cup a couple of months ago.He will undoubtably finish his degree once he has retired from his rugby career.