August 28, 2021
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Savea to lead the All Blacks

Backrower Ardie Savea will lead the All Blacks for the first time in the five matches of the Rugby Championship.

Savea, a veteran of 52 tests replaces regular captain Sam Cane who is not available because of injury and his stand-in Sam Whitelock did not travel with the team to Australia on Thursday because his wife is expecting a baby.

Scrumhalf Aaron Smith, who recently captained the All Blacks for the first time, and flyhalf Richie Mo’unga also did not travel for the same reason, leaving Savea to take on the leadership role.

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett and lock Brodie Retallick will act as Savea's vice-captains.

The All Blacks will play Australia in Perth next weekend before moving to Queensland where the remainder of the Rugby Championship will be played.

The team then travels to the United States and Europe for test matches.

By Reginald Chandar


 


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