Before heading to Europe for the autumn tour, the All Blacks stopped over in Tokyo on Saturday and defeated Japan (38-31). But they lost their captain, Sam Cane, to a broken cheekbone.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster said he had already found a successor to Cane as captain. But he did not reveal his identity. ” We have three different flights (for Europe) and the players all left, late last night (Saturday) or early this morning (sunday)so I didn’t have a final conversation with the person said Foster.
In the New Zealand group, which will successively face Wales (November 5), Scotland (November 13) and England (November 19), Sam Cane will be replaced by Billy Harmon. Hooker Dan Coles is also out of the tour. He injured a calf on Saturday during the warm-up before the match against Japan. Asafo Aumua will take his place.