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Warren Gatland is making his mark as Gallagher Chiefs’ coach this season, ditching co-captains and naming Bay of Plenty rugby superstar Sam Cane as the sole skipper.
Gatland says selecting the loose forward – a respected member of the Chiefs squad, experienced “world-class” player and notable leader – as captain is a “no-brainer”.
Cane will captain the Chiefs for the Investec Super Rugby campaign, with their season starting against the Blues at Eden Park on January 31, before their first home game of the season in round two, against the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium on February 8.
Before that however, the Chiefs play their only pre-season match tomorrow afternoon, facing the Blues at Rugby Park in Waihī in front of a sell-out crowd.
It will be the Chiefs’ first pre-season fixture in Waihī and the first run of the season under Gatland, who has committed to the Chiefs for the next four years.
The squad have spent much of this week camping at Waihī, with Cane saying it has been a good way to bond with the team members, with plenty of backyard cricket being played.
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