Ben Smith James Lentjes firms as Highlanders captain for 2020 Super Rugby season

Ben Smith These modules are adorable!!

Ben Smith James Lentjes meets a young kiwi at Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin on Wednesday.

PAUL CULLY/STUFF

James Lentjes meets a young kiwi at Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin on Wednesday.

James Lentjes looks poised to be named as Highlanders captain or co-captain for the 2020 season after a group of highly experienced players left the Dunedin-based franchise at the end of last season.

Lentjes, 28, has been at the Highlanders since 2015 and was in the leadership group for the 2019 campaign.

Ben Smith James Lentjes leads Otago out on to the field for a clash against Southland in August.

DIANNE MANSON/GETTY IMAGES

James Lentjes leads Otago out on to the field for a clash against Southland in August.

The Highlanders didn’t name a leader when they unveiled their squad for 2020 but Stuff understands Lentjes is very much in the running and shapes as a calm but hard-nosed leader who took ownership of the No 7 jersey last year.

“There are some good guys who have around a while so it’s really on all of us to show the way a wee bit,” Lentjes said on Wednesday.

READ MORE:
* How the Highlanders won the game of coaching musical chairs
* Ex-All Black Waisake Naholo scores 60 metre try for London Irish in Premiership
* Bay of Plenty coach Clayton McMillan puts his hand up for Super Rugby
* Why Tony Brown put Japan before the All Blacks
* New Zealand Rugby believe other teams could follow Crusaders’ lead and rebrand
* All Blacks: Jamie Joseph congratulated by NZ Rugby for sticking with Japan
* Manaaki Selby-Rickit’s assault victim says the Highlander needs to suffer consequences

“It’s also on the young guys to find their own way and do what works for them, and if we can help them out we’ll help them out.”

Ben Smith and Luke Whitelock shared the captaincy duties with the Highlanders last season and Tei Walden, Ash Dixon, Aaron Smith and Liam Coltman are other senior figures within the 2020 squad.

Ho

This is the interesting addon ever%sentence_ending

Read full article at the Original Source

Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the Linked Source