Young lad wins ultimate boys trip to watch Rugby World Cup in Japan with Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw is planning to watch his first Rugby World Cup from beyond the pitch this year after playing in each one since 1999. 

And while he's planning on being a fan at this year's tournament in Japan, he's also taking an 11-year-old boy from Auckland with him.

For Toby, meeting the sporting legend was a great surprise after winning a competition to see the All Blacks play South Africa in Japan. 

"It's pretty cool," he said. "I was like this is a dream?"

One that not even his parents could believe, within minutes letting the extended family know. 

"I'm quite overwhelmed. He just loves rugby he lives and breathes rugby," mum Zara said. 

"I've never been to Japan. I think it's going to be fun," Toby said. 

A seat in the stands of an All Black game will be a memory that sticks with him for life.

"I was probably older than him when I got to go to my first test match in Dunedin, 13 at the time. How cool it was to see them at a game," Richie told Newshub. 

Toby's game comes with a date with the rugby hero and a ticket for a third wheel, most likely for dad. 

"We'll catch up for a brekkie or something," Richie told Toby. 

Just another boys rugby trip, even if one of them is one of the best All Blacks of our time.