Sam Whitelock captain of the All Blacks for the autumn tour

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Sam Whitelock captain of the All Blacks for the autumn tour

Second-row Sam Whitelock was named All Blacks captain on Monday after his team-mate withdrew Sam Cane, who fractured his cheekbone during New Zealand’s 38-31 victory over Japan in Tokyo on Saturday. A choice not really surprising. Last season, the Crusaders player notably replaced Ardie Savea in the same role during the fall tour.

Sam Whitelock will be the captain of the All Blacks for this northern tour, Ardie Savea and Beauden Barrett will be the vice-captains. Sam is very experienced and respected in the group. He’s played over 100 test matches and been through a lot, so he’s the perfect man for the job. “, underlined the coach of the New Zealand forwards Jason Ryan at the New Zealand Herald.

The All Blacks are due to play Wales at Cardiff on Saturday, then Scotland at Murrayfield on November 13 and England at Twickenham on November 19.

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