QUIZ: Can you name the ten most recent All Blacks captains?

Jared Wright
New Zealand captain Sam Cane walk out past the Webb Ellis Cup before the Rugby World Cup 2023 final match at the Stade de France in Paris, France.

New Zealand captain Sam Cane walk out past the Webb Ellis Cup before the Rugby World Cup 2023 final match at the Stade de France in Paris, France.

This week, All Blacks captain Sam Cane announced that he will retire from international rugby at the end of the 2024 international season.

Following the announcement, we challenge you to name the ten most recent All Blacks’ skippers, excluding Cane.

As per usual, we will provide you with a host of hints and clues as to who the players featured in the quiz are, but if you fancy your chances of getting them all without any help, skip right to it.

Cane first captained New Zealand back in 2015, skippering the side during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, leading the side to a 58-14 victory over Namibia in London. He has gone on to captain the side a 26 further times.

Hints

While the openside flanker did captain the side during the World Cup, he was not the one who would lift the William Webb Ellis Cup after defeating Australia in the final. Instead, it was the All Blacks’ most iconic number seven and now their second most-capped international who captained the side – our first clue!

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Another player who hung up their boots after the 2015 final also features on the list; he is ranked amongst the All Blacks’ finest hookers of all time. He captained his country twice in 2011 but often skippered the Blues in Super Rugby.

The list is filled with world-class players, which Scott Robertson says is a pre-requisite for the new captain to take over from Cane.

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A player who easily fit that bill was a legendary fullback who also led the Highlanders in Super Rugby while a fellow clubmate captained the side from the back-row, doing so before his brother captained the All Blacks.

After the iconic number seven hung up his boots after winning back-to-back World Cup titles, a brilliant number eight would skipper the side on a long-term basis while captaining the Crusaders as well. In fact, he captained the All Blacks in over 50 matches and is widely regarded as one of the greatest number eights in the history of the game.

Two locks, who hold the record for the most Test matches as the starting second row partnership, have both captained the All Blacks and played over 100 games for their country.

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Two other All Blacks centurions feature on the list, one who has played more games at scrum-half than any other New Zealander and another who has starred at fullback and fly-half for the All Blacks in his illustrious career.

Finally, the most recent captain since Cane got the gig on a long-term basis was crowned World Rugby Player of the Year in 2023.

So, with the clues out of the way, give the quiz a crack. A reminder that Cane is omitted.

Just the players’ surnames will suffice.

Can you name the ten most recent All Blacks captains?

Were you able to name them all?

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