STATEMENT: All Blacks star Sam Cane to call time on his international career - Ruck

STATEMENT: All Blacks star Sam Cane to call time on his international career

Sam Cane, the formidable backrower of the New Zealand All Blacks, is setting his sights on a monumental milestone: reaching 100 test matches before bidding adieu to international rugby at the culmination of the 2024 season.

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At 32 years old, Cane made his retirement intentions clear with a poignant statement released on Monday.

“A good opportunity came my with Suntory Sungoliath willing to offer me a three-year contract,” Cane said in a statement. “It was something we had to seriously consider as a family due to the stage I am at in my career. It will see me through to 2027 when I’ll have my 35th birthday.

“I’ve always thought that if I can play professional rugby for that length of time I’d be doing really well considering the position I play and the age that I started playing professionally.

“I had to weigh up everything and, in the end, with a young family, it seemed like the best decision to help set up our future. It was a very hard one because I love the teams that I represent here in New Zealand.

He added: “I had my time as captain and it was a huge honour and privilege,”.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be selected in the All Blacks this year then I’ll still be myself. I love that team and I just want to see the All Blacks do well, so if part of my role is contributing leadership off the field or on the field, I’ll be happy to support the new captain as best as I can do to help make it a smooth transition for the All Blacks.

“I’m really grateful for the time that I had to wear the captain’s armband. It was a huge honour and privilege – a lot of lessons out of it and growth.”