Rugby Championship

Rob Houwing I Siya versus Sam: Tale of contrasting national captains

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All Blacks loose forward Sam Cane
All Blacks loose forward Sam Cane
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If you wished to employ a breakfast analogy, it might be submitted that right now, it's a case of "Special K" - otherwise known as Siya Kolisi - up against a potentially near-toast Sam Cane.

Almost undoubtedly, starkly differing emotions swirl around the respective captains of two great rugby powers, South Africa and New Zealand, as they brace for their first encounter of 2022 in the Rugby Championship at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday (17:05).

It barely needs emphasising to anyone that Cane, the All Blacks leader, carries the more onerous burden at this juncture ... even if that could be dramatically relieved come the final whistle on the Lowveld, if the result has gone just a tad against widespread expectation.

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