New All Blacks captain for Rugby Championship

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Ardie Savea has been named All Blacks skipper for the Rugby Championship.

With regular skipper Sam Cane injured, and neither Sam Whitelock nor Aaron Smith with the squad successful Perth for adjacent Sunday's Bledisloe Cup trial against Australia, the All Blacks person turned to Savea.

The All Blacks announced via societal media connected Saturday that Savea, 27, would beryllium skipper for their remaining 5 matches of the Rugby Championship.

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They besides confirmed that Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett would beryllium vice-captains.

The Hurricanes escaped guardant has acquisition of captaincy successful Super Rugby but takes connected the occupation successful the Test arena for the commencement of the All Blacks' agelong overseas tour.

Whitelock and Smith person been skipper successful Cane's absence, but neither are with the squad due to the fact that of imminent babe arrivals.

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Ardie Savea of the All Blacks wears goggles during a New Zealand grooming session. (Getty)

Coach Ian Foster outlined immoderate of the reasons down his reasoning successful a vigor interview.

It was evident the interaction of COVID-19 connected the travel and the pressures it brought were factors.

"In immoderate ways it's a changing clip and we've gone with a changing strategy," Foster told Newstalk ZB.

Dave Rennie of the Wallabies and Ian Foster of the All Blacks astatine Sky Stadium successful Wellington. (Getty)

"Ardie has been a cardinal portion of our enactment radical and I emotion that helium has a precise antithetic benignant of leadership.

"He's precise empathetic, he's got a large affinity close crossed the radical and reads the radical good from a household and affectional side, and I deliberation that's a truly important prime to person successful the concern we're in."

Foster has been a subordinate of the All Blacks coaching squad from earlier Savea joined the side.

"He's a increasing antheral successful the situation and I'm delighted. I deliberation he's got a large consciousness for the squad and it volition beryllium a large learning curve for him too."

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After Perth, the All Blacks alert to Queensland for Tests against Argentina and South Africa successful the Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks volition past caput to the Northern Hemisphere successful October for 5 Tests, starting against the United States earlier 4 matches successful Europe.

As good arsenic Whitelock and Smith, Richie Mo'unga has missed the travel to Western Australia arsenic an expectant father.

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However, the trio are expected to articulation the squad astatine immoderate constituent connected the tour.

Savea, who has played 52 Tests, volition pb the squad for the meantime and is apt to for the 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies successful Perth.

He volition person enactment from vice-captains Barrett and Retallick, who person played 93 and 85 Tests respectively.

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