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Sam Cane

Sam Cane's inclusion in the All Blacks at just 20 years old marked a rapid rise for the young loose forward who hails from the small Bay of Plenty town of Reporoa. Cane is seen as a player who works hard week-in and week-out, and also as a leader within the team.

He carried a big workload for the All Blacks in 2015, appearing in eight matches and has been in the thick of things again for the Chiefs in 2016.

Cane captained the All Blacks against Namibia at RWC 2015, becoming the All Blacks' 67th Test Captain and the fifth-youngest man to wear the armband. He had been earlier promoted to the All Blacks' leadership group in 2013, which was rare for players not regularly in the starting fifteen.

A dominant force both at the breakdown and in open play, he was part of the 2011 Junior World Championship-winning New Zealand Under 20 side and earned a nomination for the IRB's Junior Player of the Year Award.

He made his Super Rugby debut in 2010 at just 18 years old, followed by ITM Cup selection for Bay of Plenty later that year. He has won two Super Rugby titles with the Chiefs (2012-13) and was a regular member of age-grade teams including two years in the New Zealand Under 17 squad.

Loose Forward
189m, 106kgs
Test Debut:
v Ireland at Christchurch, 16 June 2012
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Bay of Plenty
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

  • Career notes:
    Bay of Plenty ITM Cup Squad (2010)
    New Zealand Schools (2009)
    Chiefs development squad (2009)

    Rugby ground: Rotorua International Stadium
    Rugby player and why: Brad Thorn and Richie McCaw because they are both true professional athletes
    Food: Watties baked beans and eggs on vogels toast
    Actor/Actress: Will Ferrell
    Movie: Stepbrothers and Hangover
    Book: Miracle in the Andes
    Singer/Band/Music type: S.O.S
    Holiday destination: The Mount
    Non-rugby sports team: Brisbane Broncos
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Hugh Hefner
    Earliest rugby memories: Playing barefoot in the frost in Rotorua
    I hate it when….I miss the Antiques Roadshow
    I can’t live without…..Oxygen
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….Helicopter pilot

Test Match record

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16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19 (+)
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0 (-)
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15 (+)
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10

8 June v France at Auckland 23-13
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9 (-)
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29 (+)
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13 (+)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27 (+)
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33
2 Nov v Japan at Tokyo 54-6

16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12 (+)
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20 (+)
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9 (+)
13 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10 (+)
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13 (+)
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28 (+)
1 Nov v USA at Chicago
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16

8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (+)
15 Aug vs Australia at Auckland 41-13 (+)
20 Sep vs Argentina at London 26-16 (+)
24 Sep vs Namibia at London 58-14
2 Oct vs Georgia at Cardiff 43-10 (+)
10 Oct vs Tonga at Newcastle upon Tyne 47-9
17 Oct vs France at Cardiff 62-13 (+)
24 Oct vs South Africa at London 20-18 (+)

11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21 (-)
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22 (-)
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (-)
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9 (-)
10 September v Argentina 57-22 (-)
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40 (-)
12 November v Italy at Rome 68-10
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (-)

16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0
23 Jun v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 30-15
1 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 21-24 (-)
8 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 15-15 (-)
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (-)
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22 (+)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0 (-)