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Sam Cane confirmed as new Chiefs' captain for 2020 season

Sam Cane has been given the nod to take the reigns as captain of the Chiefs for the new Super Rugby season, with the side waving goodbye to the notion of split captaincy by coach Warren Gatland.

Sam Cane. Source: Photosport

Having previously shared leadership duties with the likes of Aaron Cruden, Brodie Retallick and Charlie Ngatai, Cane was this morning confirmed as the Chiefs' sole captain for the new season.

"He is an experienced campaigner who is well respected by the players and management," Chiefs coach Gatland said in a statement.

"We believe it was important to identify one person this season to lead the team and that individual would be supported by the team's leadership group."

The 68-Test All Black has been instrumental in the Chiefs' success of the last decade, involved in their victorious 2012 and 2013 campaigns.

"It is an honour to be asked to captain this side and I am excited for the season to kick off," Cane said in a statement.

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The Chiefs' coach and new captain fronted media this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

"We have a talented squad, with a good mix of experience and gifted young players. This, combined with a fantastic group of experienced leaders, we believe will be the right ingredients to help drive us to another title.

"We are privileged to be able to have a coach of his calibre lead a great coaching group. I am looking forward to working with, and learning off, Warren this season."

The Chiefs begin their 2020 Super Rugby season on January 31, taking on the Blues at Eden Park in the first match of the new competition.