All Blacks milk good luck charm

Richie 'McCow'.
Richie 'McCow'. Mark Mitchell

MEET Richie 'McCow' - okay, he's actually a bull, but his owners think the calf has been marked as an omen from the sporting gods.

The calf, born in Northland yesterday, is all black except for a white mark on its forehead - which looks remarkably like a silver fern.

"Straight away I was like, he's definitely been born for the World Cup this year," said Kyle Underwood, 21, who lives on the Maungaturoto farm where the calf was born.

And so that was how Richie was named after the All Blacks' captain.

Mr Underwood said he believed Richie was a good omen for a long-prophesied All Blacks victory this year.

"We call him our All Blacks supporter for the World Cup ... I'm pretty confident in the ABs, I think they're going to do a good job."

Richie the calf has already created a stir on Facebook after Mr Underwood uploaded a picture and suggested it could be used as a mascot - and perhaps even make an appearance at Eden Park.

"It got a big reaction. People were suggesting I put him on Trade Me to get some good money."

Mr Underwood and his family are committed All Blacks fans - something Richie should be thankful for.

"Because it's a bull ... he would go to the works. But I think he'll stick around for a while, considering he's pretty special."

But if the All Blacks crash out?

"He would have served his purpose by then."

Even McCaw isn't under that much pressure.

Topics:  richie mccaw

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Clare Atkinson Journalism Scholarship needs your support

IN HONOUR: Brightview's Lesley Atkinson is urging the public to help continue the Clare Atkinson Memorial Scholarship.

Help continue Clare Atkinson's legacy and the future of journalism.

Kilcoy gets a run at history

HONOURED: Somerset's Matthew Heck will carry the Queens Baton through Kilcoy next Tuesday.

Queen's Baton Relay celebrations to hit town next week.

Rain gives a boost to prices

ON THE RISE: Recent rain in the state is driving demand for cattle.

Cattle prices recover from last year's fall

Local Partners