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WATCH | Sam Cane on All Blacks captaincy, life in Japan and more


On Monday, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced that 2024 would be Sam Cane's last year of international rugby after the 32-year-old signed a three-year deal with Suntory Goliath in Japan.

The 95-Test veteran, however, would not be captain, bringing into question as to whether Cane would even be selected and given a chance to become the 13th All Black to achieve the century.

There are several options for the No. 7 jersey that could be more appealing to All Blacks coach Scott Robertson after all, including Dalton Papali'i, Tom Christie, Billy Harmon, or even Ardie Savea, if the potential next NZ skipper were to make the switch from No.8.

But speaking with Stephen Donald and Kimberlee Downs on SENZ's The Run Home for the first time since making his decision public, Cane believes he has unfinished business in the black jersey.

"I don't want my last Test to be getting sent off in a Word Cup Final," Cane said.

"I still feel like I've got a lot to offer on and off the field. I'll be working hard to get my body in the best shape and hopefully get selected. I'm hugely motivated - it's a big year for the All Blacks."

Included on the All Blacks' 2024 calendar are two home Tests against England, plus Fiji in San Diego in July, followed by The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup, before the end-of-year Northern tour against England, Ireland, France and Italy.

Watch the full interview on the SENZ YouTube below:

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