Hansen appoints new All Blacks captain

Posted: February 19, 2016 in International Rugby, Rugby, World Cup
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With New Zealand captain McCaw retiring at the end of the last RWC, it left a void in terms of who would lead the team the following season. Hansen has put all speculation to bed, stating that Kieran Read will now lead the All Blacks from the number 8 position.

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“Reado’s had experience already as captain nine times,” Hansen told Radio Sport. “Whilst it will be a new experience to be there full time, at least he’s had a taste of it.”

Read led New Zealand against Tonga in the last World Cup, and has been a senior figure in the team for the last number of seasons. His try and Man of the Match count speak for themselves.

Hansen also went on to say that the vacant number seven jersey would most likely be filled by Sam Cane.

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The 24-year-old Cane, who has already notched up 31 Tests, has also led the side, against Namibia at the World Cup.

“Sam Cane’s had a taste of test footy and he’s raring to go,” said Hansen. “So if we’re going in with all of those things brand new then it would be a lot different but I’ve got a lot of confidence in the people that are going to step up.”

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