The high bidder will also receive a team autographed New Zealand All Blacks jersey from their 2009 end of the year tour where they defeated Australia, Wales, Italy, England and France.
Not only will the high bidder receive two very unique pieces of rugby history just prior to this year's Rugby World Cup, but he or she will receive the satisfaction of knowing that every cent from their winning bid will go towards the US Rugby Foundation's A Ball 4 All program. The goal of the A Ball 4 All program is to provide 50,000 youth and high school players in the US with their very own rugby ball.
New Zealand has high hopes of capturing the 2011 Rugby World Cup. While the All Blacks are at or near the top of the rugby world year in and year out, they've only managed to win the Rugby World Cup on one occasion, the first year it was up for grabs in 1987.
As New Zealand readies to play host for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which gets underway in just a few weeks, the entire populace is holding its collective breath that its two stars stay healthy throughout the tournament. With McCaw and Carter on the field at the same time, the Kiwis will be tough to beat.
The high bidder of the USRF leather ball signed by Richie McCaw and Dan Carter will also receive a New Zealand All Blacks jersey signed by the players who took part on their 2009 end of the year tour. Photos of the ball and jersey and more information about McCaw, Carter and the 2009 All Blacks tour can be found on eBay, item #180715127395. The bidding will conclude at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday, September 1, 2011.