Wellington - Head coach Steve Hansen has
confirmed backrower Kieran Read will take over as All Blacks captain after the
retirement of Richie McCaw.
The 30-year-old Read has already led New
Zealand in nine of his 84 Tests. He was the World Rugby Player of the Year in
2013, although he has recently sustained multiple concussions.
Hansen said on Friday All Blacks coaches
had been prepared for McCaw's retirement after last year's World Cup victory.
Read has captaincy experience "and
while it will be a new experience to be there fulltime, at least he's had a
taste of it. We have known for quite some time that five of the guys are going
to be leaving, with 1 000 Test matches between them."
Sam Cane will take over from McCaw at