Chiefs name new co-captain

Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Clayton McMillan. Photo: File.

The Gallagher Chiefs have confirmed halfback Brad Weber will take up the role of co-captain for the 2021 season.

He will join All Blacks Captain and Tauranga Boys’ College alumni Sam Cane as co-captain of the Gallagher Chiefs for 2021.

Weber debuted for the Gallagher Chiefs in 2014 and the 30-year-old has established himself as the club’s first choice halfback.

His strong leadership skills are a regular feature in the Mitre 10 Cup and, recently, as stand-in captain for the Gallagher Chiefs on several occasions during both the 2019 and 2020 Super Rugby seasons. This will however be the first year Weber will officially hold the captaincy title alongside Cane.

Cane first captained the Gallagher Chiefs in 2016. Since being awarded the captaincy, Cane has captained alongside Aaron Cruden, Charlie Ngatai and Brodie Retallick.

The loose forward was awarded for his leadership skills last year, being handed the All Blacks captaincy.

 “I'm incredibly honoured to be asked to co-captain the Chiefs this year,” says Weber.

“A team that means the world to me so I don't take this responsibility for granted and I look forward to leading this exciting group of players with Sam this year.

“It's particularly special for me to co-captain alongside Sam, a man I have a huge amount of respect for in the way he plays but especially in the way he leads, so I can't wait to get stuck into the season with him and the rest of the lads.”

Cane is looking forward to working alongside Weber in leading the squad.

“Webby has a massive amount of respect from the group, he consistently leads on and off the field for us, so the co-captaincy role is a natural fit for him and I am really looking forward to working along-side him in leading this exciting Gallagher Chiefs squad.”

Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Clayton McMillan says Weber is a deserving recipient of the co-captaincy.

“Brad is an experienced player and highly respected figure in the Gallagher Chiefs team,” says McMillan.

“He has previously stepped into the captaincy role in the absence of Sam and/or Brodie over the past two seasons and I have every confidence in his ability to lead the team again alongside Sam. It’s a huge honour and privilege to captain the Gallagher Chiefs, and one Brad is deserving of.”

The Gallagher Chiefs first match of the 2021 Sky Super Rugby Season is against the Highlanders on Friday, March 5, at FMG Stadium Waikato.

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