All Black captain Richie McCaw has turned down an invitation to attend Prince William's wedding next month because he wants to focus on his Super 15 comeback and the Rugby World Cup.
McCaw was surprised to receive the gold-embossed invitation to the prince's wedding to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, but has declined to attend - a move, he says, which has horrified his female friends.
"I did get an invitation, it was a heck of an honour and I felt a bit lucky," he revealed yesterday.
He said he needed to concentrate on his recovery from foot surgery and get back to playing for the Crusaders in the Super 15.
We're glad that McCaw has his priorities right. Getting an invite to the Wedding of the Year from Prince William (an avid rugby supporter) must have been quite some honour, but McCaw has bigger fish to fry in 2011.
Reports suggest that his recovery from injury is going well, and with the extended Super Rugby competition this season, he's got plenty to time to get match-fit before the RWC where his presence will be pivotal. We're relieved to know that his first focus is on his day-job.