All Blacks captain Sam Cane has agreed a new contract that will keep him in New Zealand until the end of the 2025 season.
The openside flanker, who has played 77 Tests since his debut in 2012, will continue with the Chiefs in Super Rugby and has an option to take a sabbatical in 2024.
“My passion for the game … is as strong as when I started playing, so it was an easy decision for me to extend my contract,” the 29-year-old said in a New Zealand Rugby (NZR) statement on Tuesday.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster, who named Cane as skipper when Kieran Read retired after the 2019 World Cup, said he was “delighted” with the news.
“He’s an instrumental part of the All Blacks leadership group in his role as captain,” Foster said.
“I know that following a year in which he missed a lot of rugby with his significant injury, he is fully committed to being at his very best in 2022 and beyond, which is exciting.”
Cane, who has played 126 times for the Chiefs, missed the entire 2021 Super Rugby campaign and much of the Test season after having surgery on his shoulder and pectoral muscle.
Fellow loose forward Ardie Savea, who stood in as captain during this year’s Rugby Championship, signed a four-year contract extension last week.