The All Blacks revealed their new captain
The All Blacks announced on social media that veteran Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett would be Ardie Savea’s vice-captains in the remaining five matches of this year’s Rugby Championship. This is a pretty significant milestone for 22-year old captain, as he will lead his team against Australia next weekend which has been one of New Zealand rugby’s greatest rivals over time.
Ardie Savea was named to hold the position after veterans Brody Retallick and Beauden Barrett were selected as his vice captains during their ongoing campaign with South Africa, Argentina, Australia & Japan respectively.
The All Blacks coach underlined that the leadership group would need to be strong and committed in Sam Cane’s absence, as well as with Whitelock and Smith due to give birth soon.
Consequently, he selected Dane Coles for his first formal captaincy experience after leading a side on five occasions last year – four at Super Rugby club level with Wellington Hurricanes plus one test against Japan during which Codie Taylor wore the armband when Crotty was injured.
“We have had some time together now through our planning process so I am comfortable selecting him,” said Foster of this week-end’s match starting Chiefs hooker Coles who will lead an experienced line up built around regular skipper Kieran Read.
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Savea is a powerful loose forward who was seen as strong and silent but has since developed into one of the team’s vocal leaders.
Savea, 27, debuted for New Zealand in 2013. At first he wasn’t very talkative at all during games or practices until it became obvious that his teammates could really use him to be more involved with their play-calling on the field which resulted in Savea developing into being much more chatty off the pitch too!
“Secondly, we’re really starting to see his form at the level that we know he can play. He’s a growing man in this environment and I’m delighted.” “I think he has got great feel for the team too. It will be good learning curve for him as well,” said Coach Brown about Mark Smith who is one of our youngest players on court now after coming back from injury earlier this season