The 34-year-old was also the scourge of the British and Irish Lions back in 2005, as the Sea of Red toiled in New Zealand and failed to win a single Test match for the first time in 22 years.
The Lions will return to New Zealand to take on the All Blacks in 2017, and McCaw is adamant the determination is still there to welcome the tourists as reigning world champions.
"The build up to 2011 with the three previous tournaments having been so hugely disappointing, the pressure, intensity and fear of failure for probably the whole country as much as the players was there," he said.
"But regardless of what happened last time we've still got to have the same attitude and desires to do well.
"That type of expectation is what has driven the All Blacks to keep training hard and to give of their best. It can be rough at times but that is just part of being an All Black.
"I'd hate for that to change. That's what you want. You want to go out and win every game. You want to do everything right so that you can give yourself a chance.
"You think sometimes it's tough but that's just the way it is. If you don't want to do it someone else who wants to do it will fill your spot. I see the pressure as a positive."
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