Ardie Savea will captain New Zealand for the first time next Sunday when the All Blacks face Australia in the Rugby Championship test at Perth Stadium. Savea, who is set to make his 53rd appearance for New Zealand, will take on the role after substitute captain Sam Whitelock and first-choice halves Richie Mo’unga and Aaron Smith were left out of the squad with the players expecting babies. .
Regular captain Sam Cane is currently out due to injury while Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett have been named vice-captains. “In some ways this is a time of change and we’ve gone with an evolving strategy,” All Blacks head coach Ian Foster told Newstalk ZB.
“Ardie has been a key part of our leadership group and I like that he has a very different leadership style. He is very empathetic, he has great affinity throughout the group and reads the group well on one side. family and emotional, and I think that’s a very important quality to have in the situation we’re in.
“Over the last few years he’s really started to play an influencing role looking for ways to use his voice and demeanor to make an impact on this team, and I think he’s done a really good job. . ” The All Blacks face a three-month stint on the road due to their involvement in the Rugby Championship, which will end in Queensland after the Wallabies game in Perth, followed by touring matches in the Northern Hemisphere.
New Zealand face Australia on Sunday after beating them 57-22 in the first round of the Rugby Championship at Eden Park earlier this month. The victory also kept the Bledisloe Cup, the annual trophy contested by the trans-Tasman nations, in New Zealand’s hands for a 19th consecutive year.
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