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Brotherly love for ABs

Reuters
Saturday, November 25, 2017

CARDIFF - Lock Sam Whitelock will captain New Zealand against Wales on Saturday, taking over from injured number eight Kieran Read, who has been replaced in the side by Whitelock's brother Luke.

The influential Read has a hip flexor problem that has troubled him all week and was not able to take his place in the side, despite All Black coach Steve Hansen delaying the naming of his side to give him extra opportunity to prove his fitness.

"Whilst it's disappointing to not have 'Reado' available, it's a great opportunity to further grow the leadership of the team and, in this case, Sam Whitelock gets the opportunity to captain the side," Hansen said in a media release from New Zealand Rugby.

"With his brother Luke captaining the All Blacks against the French XV, it will create a unique All Blacks family history, and one which their family can be proud of."

The Whitelock brothers join Harry and Marcus Nicholls from the 1920s as the only set of siblings to have captained the All Blacks.








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