Sam Cane has been named as the new captain of the All Blacks, succeeding Kieren Reid.
The 28-year-old becomes the latest loose forward to take up the captaincy mantle with Reid’s predecessor Rich McCaw one of the most successful international captains of all time.
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Cane has described the appointment as a ‘massive honour’ after Head Coach Ian Foster made the announcement on Tuesday.
“It’s a pretty exciting challenge really and as I’ve spent more time in the All Blacks and grown as a player, I’ve become a lot more comfortable being a leader in the team.
“The great thing about the All Blacks is that the leadership group is full of captains and experienced players already, so I’m just really looking forward to working closely with that group and doing my best to lead them and the rest of the squad.”
Foster said that Cane was the right type of leader to take the All Blacks into their next chapter.
“Sam is an experienced All Black with eight years in the team now and is a ‘follow me’ type of leader and a very good thinker in the game. He has a natural ability to connect with everyone in the team and is straightforward and direct when he needs to be,” Foster said.
“There’s massive respect for Sam amongst the players and management, and he’s perfectly placed to lead the All Blacks into the future.”