28 May 2017

Blair named new Kiwis captain

12:50 pm on 28 May 2017

Kiwis Coach David Kidwell has announced Adam Blair as the new captain to lead New Zealand at the Rugby League World Cup 2017.

Adam Blair after the Four Nations final win.

Adam Blair after the Four Nations final win. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Jesse Bromwich was stripped as captain after he allegedly bought cocaine in Australia after the Anzac test.

Thirty year-old Blair who has 41 international testes under his belt including the 2008 World Cup and 2013 Four Nations winning teams will take his place.

David Kidwell said Blair played a vital role in the Kiwi's successes since his debut in 2006 and has been an integral member of the Broncos squad who are currently sitting in the NRL top four.

Kidwell said having been a member of the Kiwis leadership for several years, Kidwell is confident Blair has the experience to take the next step in his career.

"Adam's vision and rugby league intelligence has been proven time and time again.

"He is a well-respected core member of our team and has earned the respect of both the coaching staff and his fellow players, Adam will steer the team in a positive direction with his actions, courage and mana," Kidwell said.

Blair said he is honoured to take on the new leadership role.

"Playing for the Kiwis is not something I take lightly and leading the boys, especially in World Cup year is a challenge I'm excited to get into," he said.

While Simon Mannering was considered for the role, the rugby league stalwart supported Blair in bringing a fresh perspective to the position.

"I've talked with Simon and he is happy with his role within the team and will continue to play a fundamental part as a member of the leadership group that will support the new captain," Kidwell says.

Blair's first appearance as captain will be when the Kiwis take on Samoa at Mt Smart on October 28.