Kiwis coach David Kidwell has announced who will captain New Zealand at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Thirty-year-old, Whangarei-born Adam Blair will assume the captaincy, having played a vital role in the team’s successes since his debut in 2006.
Having been a member of the Kiwis leadership team for several years, Kidwell is confident Blair has the mana, integrity and experience to take the next step in his career.
“Adam’s vision and rugby league intelligence has been proven time and time again,” Kidwell said.
“He is a well-respected core member of our team and has earned the respect of both the coaching staff and his fellow players.
“Adam will steer the team in a positive direction with his actions, courage and mana.”
Blair said he is taking the new role in his stride.
“I’m honoured to take on the new leadership role, playing for the Kiwis is not something I take lightly and leading the boys, especially in World Cup year is a challenge I’m excited to get into,” he said.
Blair’s first appearance as captain will be when the Kiwis take on Samoa at Mt Smart on October 28.
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