All Blacks captain reveals ‘long chat’ with Scott Robertson before leaving New Zealand…

New Zealand’s rugby captain, Sam Cane, recently engaged in discussions with the new head coach, Scott Robertson, before embarking on a short-term contract with Tokyo Sungoliath in Japan.

The 31-year-old aims to position himself for the 2024 Test matches upon his return to New Zealand ahead of the July Test series.

While Cane’s availability for upcoming games is confirmed, uncertainty looms over his role in Robertson’s plans, particularly regarding the team’s captaincy.

Robertson, who recently succeeded Ian Foster as head coach, is yet to reveal his choice for captain and is taking time to make the decision. Although Cane is a potential candidate, there’s speculation that Robertson might lean towards someone from his Crusaders days, with Scott Barrett emerging as a likely contender.

Amid the uncertainty surrounding Cane’s international career, he revealed that he had a comprehensive discussion with Robertson before departing for Japan. While not disclosing the specifics of their conversation, Cane hinted at areas of improvement discussed with the new All Blacks boss.

Expressing a keenness to evolve his skills, especially in terms of speed and agility, Cane emphasized the challenges and growth opportunities presented by the Japanese league.

Cane acknowledged the competitive nature of the Japan Rugby League One, where several All Blacks, including Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, and Beauden Barrett, have also secured deals.

Reflecting on the league’s diversity, Cane highlighted the excitement of facing top Japanese players and international talents, such as Springboks star Cheslin Kolbe, who has also joined Tokyo Sungoliath.

During his time in Japan, Cane’s primary focus is to perform well, enhance his rugby skills, and hopefully earn the chance to rejoin the All Blacks in the future.

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