Sam Cane rugby player
Sam Cane rugby player

Sam Cane

13th Jan 1992 1.89m/103kg Openside Flanker

Sam Cane has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the professional ranks in New Zealand rugby. Earmarked from an early age to be a star, Cane represented his country at every age grade from under 17 up.

In a glittering under age career, the Bay of Plenty man won the under 20 world championship as well as being named Rugby Award Age Group Player of the Year in 2011.

At the tender age of just 18 Cane made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs in 2010, and played a vital role in the Chiefs successful Super Rugby campaign in 2011.

On the back of his outstanding 2011 season Cane was brought into the All Blacks squad for the 3 match series against Ireland in 2012, making his debut in the 22-19 victory in the 2nd match of the series.

By the start of 2015, Cane had amassed 22 caps and 8 international tries. He remained a part of the All Black set up that headed into the 2015 RWC.

He was a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team, where he captained the side in the match against Namibia.

In February 2017, Sam entered his sixth season with the Chiefs and is a key part of the team’s leadership. On the back of a stellar Super Rugby season last year he collected the Chiefs Players’ Player of the Year and showed many mature performances in his role as co-captain.

Cane was named in Steve Hansen's squad for the NZ Lions series & following some impressive performances in the Test series, Cane will be looking to bring that form into The Rugby Championship 2017.

In October 2017, Cane signed a new contract extension, which will see him stay with New Zealand Rugby, the Chiefs and the Bay of Plenty province for four more years.

Cane took his Super Rugby cap tally to 106 scoring 14 tries in the competition and enters the 2018 Rugby Championship with 55 test caps.

Ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season, Cane has been named for the Chiefs squad. He has obtained 111 caps so far.

ML 10/12/19

JW Sept 18


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