New Zealand rugby has announced Sam Cane as captain for the All Blacks. Cane succeeds Kieran Read who retired after the 2019 World Cup.
The 28-year-old is a loose forward with a good bill of experience on his side. Having debuted at just 20 years old, he has racked up 68 tests for the All Blacks. Besides, Cane has captained the All Blacks on three occasions before.
The issue that has been raised by some critics is the lack of starts Cane receives. Out of his 68 tests, he has only started 48. Also, the new captain was not in the starting eleven for the All Blacks semi-final against England at the 2019 World Cup.
Sam Cane new All Black captain
What happened to Sam Whitelock who was a great stand in captain for so many games when Reid was injured?
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However, head coach Ian Foster has backed his new captain to be a leader during Foster’s two-year contract at the helm.
“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.”
Cane said that he believes the New Zealand team is full of leaders and he would work closely with that group.