Sam Cane could be dropped as All Blacks captain.
A source told the Otago Daily Times Cane could tomorrow be replaced as captain by veteran lock Sam Whitelock for the two-Test series in South Africa.
Here’s the All Blacks’ dismal run of recent form that culminated in a home defeat by Ireland.
Cane, who has played 80 Tests and captained 13 of them, is likely to retain his place in the squad as a loose forward, although he may lose his starting jersey.
But there is speculation New Zealand Rugby, recognizing that something needs to be done to shake up an under-fire squad, probably no longer believes he is the right choice as captain.
Whitelock, a guaranteed starter when fit, would have the experience and mana needed for the role if Cane loses the captaincy.
In further game changes, it is understood that Crusaders No 8 Cullen Grace and Highlanders prop Ethan de Groot will be added to the squad for the trip to South Africa.
New Zealand Rugby was expected to announce its Rugby Championship squad yesterday, but this was delayed as an urgent review of the squad’s recent failings took priority.
It is now believed that the team will be named tomorrow.
There have been widespread calls for a revamp of the coaching staff, but it looks like Ian Foster will stay on as manager.
He will be joined by Joe Schmidt in an elevated role.
It is understood Foster will retain the top job, but Schmidt will be promoted to a rugby-style director’s role to deal with the All Blacks’ malaise.
– with Hayden Meikle, Otago Daily Times
Sam Cane could be dropped as All Blacks captain
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