New Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has revealed that he is still undecided on who the Sydney-based franchise's captain will be in 2013.
Cheika said he will wait to see who wants it the most before making a decision.
Incumbent Benn Robinson - who inherited the position as a result of former skipper Rocky Elsom's injury plagued 2012 season - has already stated that he would like to retain the captaincy.
"Until the other lads had come back and started running, you've got to see who wants it the most," Cheika told AAP of the captaincy.
"The leadership's earned, it's not a given.
"A lot of the guys are back and running around now - we'll see who wants to earn the respect to be the boss."
Cheika remained tight-lipped when asked how many players were in the running for the captaincy.
"I don't know, I couldn't tell you," he added.
"There's a natural group of guys that have stepped out of the (non-Wallabies players) squad that has been here already.
"Now when the Wallaby players have returned - I think some of them who have returned in advance of their dates have shown that they want to be in it."
Cheika is aware of Robinson's desire to hold onto the captaincy.
"He's here a week earlier than he was supposed to be - that shows that he wants it," said the coach.