Sam Cane signs new deal with New Zealand Rugby and Chiefs until 2025

Sam Cane has played 77 times for New Zealand
Sam Cane has played 77 times for New Zealand

All Blacks back-row Sam Cane has committed his long-term future with New Zealand Rugby and Chiefs after signing a new deal until 2025.

Cane made his international debut for New Zealand in 2012 against Ireland and has gone on to make 77 Test appearances including 12 games in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

The 29-year-old was appointed the captain of New Zealand when Ian Foster took over as head coach at the end of the 2019 World Cup replacing Steve Hansen.

“My passion for the game, whether it’s playing for the All Blacks, Gallagher Chiefs or Bay of Plenty, is as strong as when I started playing, so it was an easy decision for me to extend my contract, and my wife Harriet and I are excited about what the future holds,” he told the Chiefs’ website.

“I’m now looking forward to spending summer with my family and friends, and coming back ready go to again in 2022.”

Cane made his provincial rugby debut with Bay of Plenty in 2010 with his first game in Super Rugby coming for Chiefs in 2011. He has played 126 times for the Chiefs.

“He’s an instrumental part of the All Blacks leadership group in his role as captain and I know that following a year in which he missed a lot of rugby with his significant injury, he is fully committed to being at his very best in 2022 and beyond, which is exciting," said Foster.

“We’re delighted for him and Harriet.”