by NZ CATHOLIC staff
Two former All Blacks are loyal and enthusiastic volunteers for the Burnside
conference (branch) of St Vincent de Paul in Christchurch.
Bill McCaw, the treasurer and longstanding member, and John (Jake) Burns, are committed Vincentians.

Jake Burns

McCaw, who is a distant relative of Richie McCaw, played mainly at the
back of the scrum. He played for the Marist Club in Invercargill, and went on
to represent Southland. He was an All Black between 1951 and 1954, going
on tours to Australia, the British Isles, France, Canada and America.
Burns, who played all his career as lock, was a longstanding member of
the Marist Club in Christchurch, and the Canterbury rep team (1964 -71).
He was part of the South Island team from 1968 to 1971, before travelling to
South Africa with the 1970 All Blacks.
In recent years, Bill McCaw has been part of the prison visitation programme, while Jake Burns has been working with the conference’s regular clients, as
well as helping with work at the Stanmore Rd office.