Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says that selection Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden as co-captains was a long time in coming.
Combined, Cane and Cruden combine to form over 120 caps for the Chiefs in Super Rugby and have been part of the wider leadership group for several seasons.
Cruden has already co-captained the Chiefs back in 2014, and Cane is believed to be in the running for All Black captaincy some time in his still young but impressive career.
“Obviously we have had this in mind for a long time, they are both high quality and passionate Chiefs men,” Rennie said.
Rennie says that both players are good people with proven leadership success playing rugby internationally.
“Sam is a real strategic thinker, Aaron has massive expectations of himself and those around him, both those two are keen to lead and make a big difference here,” Rennie said.
First pick fly half Aaron Cruden has been out of rugby since last year, but according to Rennie, will be fit and ready to go despite suffering a couple of tweaks to his calf during pre season.
Cruden will take part in two trail matches prior to the regular season beginning.