NRL Grand Final 2020: Dan Carter, Richie McCaw help Penrith Panthers prepare for decider against Melbourne Storm

Penrith Panthers have turned to an All Blacks World Cup-winning duo to help them prepare for Sunday's NRL Grand Final against Melbourne Storm in Sydney. 

Unbeaten in 17 games, the Panthers are chasing their first NRL Premiership since 2003, while the Storm will contest their fourth Grand Final in five years. 

Earlier in the playoffs, the Panthers playing group had Richie McCaw address the team, with coach Ivan Cleary repeatedly including key messages from the All Blacks legend's Chasing Great documentary during team-talks and weekly gameplans.

On Saturday, another All Blacks great addressed the Panthers, with Dan Carter offering his support to the team.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Carter addressed the entire Grand Final squad via video, before the Panthers captains run, speaking about "staying in the zone" and "trusting each other".

Aussie surfing great Mick Fanning has also spoken to the team during the playoffs. 

Earlier this week, Kiwis international James Fisher-Harris, who will start at prop for the Panthers in the Grand Final, spoke about how McCaw had influenced his playing career.

"I loved watching Richie McCaw - he's up there and Jonah Lomu, guys like that," he told the Daily Telegraph.

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter.
Panthers celebrate an NRL win. Photo credit: Getty

"Richie, he has a dig, he has a go... I saw his documentary, which showed the mentality that he has, and he's a champion, so there is a lot to learn from someone like him." 

Panthers assistant Trent Barrett has also spoken of the role McCaw has had on the team. 

"It was very good, it was about staying present and staying in the moment,'' says Barrett.

"Everyone has got a different role to play and that's what we've trained for, to put ourselves in a position that we know when we're under pressure, things are going to hold up.

"He spoke about that. He's one of the best, if not the best All Black that has ever played, so I immediately think the players have taken something from him.''

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