It is considered one of the highest honours when your head coach deems you worthy of leading your respective team onto the rugby pitch as captain
Taking on the leadership responsibilities on behalf of the squad is no small matter, with your attitude towards your team and your choices determining whether you are remembered as a hero or a villain.
However, not everyone leaves the armband by their own accord and is instead stripped of their responsibility.
1. Lawrence Dallaglio (England)
He was given the England captaincy in the autumn of 1997 by new coach Clive Woodward, taking over from Phil de Glanville. The other candidate for the job, Martin Johnson, had led the Lions tour, but Dallaglio was preferred.
Two years later, Dallaglio was stripped of the captaincy after a newspaper sting saw him making claims of youthful drug experiences, which he subsequently denied.