Sam Cane to Captain All Blacks

Flanker Sam Cane, 23, will captain the New Zealand All Blacks for the first time in the upcoming World Cup match against Namibia.

“It is a very special moment for Sam,” Hansen told

“He is in our leadership group, is hugely respected by everyone, is a fierce and fearless player and is someone who has the potential of being a long-term captain of the All Blacks in the future.”

The All Blacks coach has made 12 changes to the team that beat Argentina on Sunday.

“At the completion of this match, 30 of the 31 players in our squad will have experienced time in the middle of the park, which will give us a good foundation base going forward and which was always part of our pre-tournament planning. It’s now their time to step up,” said Hansen.

Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Ma’a Nonu, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Wyatt Crockett, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Ben Smith will be on bench duty for the game.

Article Source: The Guardian, September 22, 2015

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Tags: 2015 Rugby World Cup  All Blacks  Guardian (The)  Richie McCaw  Rugby World Cup  Rugby World Cup (2015)  Sam Cane  Steve Hansen  

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