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Jack to captain Tasman

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allblacks.com     16 Jun 2010     Getty Images

Jack's replaces last year's skipper, Andrew Goodman, who has moved to play in Japan and the 31-year-old was looking forward to the role despite having little captaincy experience.

"I wasn't thinking about the captaincy but the more I think about it now the more excited I am."

Crusaders stalwart Jack, who played for the franchise this season after stints in England and South African, said having his former Canterbury and Crusaders teammate Leon MacDonald working alongside Tasman head coach Kieran Keane was also exciting.

The 31-year-old brings huge experience with him. He's one of New Zealand's most experienced forwards having played 67 tests for the All Blacks between 2001 and 2007, 98 games for the Crusaders and 40 for Canterbury.

Jack, a 67-test veteran, played five matches for Tasman in 2006 and 2007.

Meanwhile, Tasman today confirmed Queensland Reds No 8 Poutasi Luafutu and Auckland hooker Francis Smith were their final two imports for this year's competition.