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Ali Williams named Blues Super Rugby captain


Ali Williams (R) will captain the Blues in the 2013 Super Rugby season

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Article Published: Monday 10 December 2012


Blues Super Rugby head coach Sir John Kirwan has announced that seventy seven cap All Black Ali Williams will captain the Blues in the 2013 Super rugby season.

Kirwan made the announcement to the team this morning when they assembled for the first official day of pre-season training.

The second most experienced player in the 2013 Blues squad with 101 Super Rugby caps, Williams takes the reins from Keven Mealamu who has extended his leave and relinquished the captaincy to allow someone to lead from the start.

"I think it's an incredibly important time for Ali Williams," Kirwan said.

"He's a 77-Test veteran who has been a big part of the Blues. He's had some interesting experiences in the past but he really cares about this place and I believe he's the right man to lead this team. It's a great challenge for him and one I'm sure he'll relish."

While Kirwan had taken into account Williams' recent history of injuries, he said the 2.02m lock was ready to take on the responsibility of captaining the side and proving his doubters wrong.

"He's had a bad run of injuries but I think he's ready for this because he's had a bad run and some people think he's finished. I don't believe that and neither does he.

"I think he's got a heck of a lot to offer this franchise, he's a world class lock with the ability to lead a team and I'm extremely enthusiastic and positive about this decision."

Williams, who returned from England yesterday following the All Blacks' end of year tour, said it was an honour to captain a side he was so passionate about.

"I am a hugely passionate man when it comes to the Blues and it is a great honour to lead the team next year," Williams said.

"It's an extremely tough job and I respect that. There have been many great leaders of this team before me and my job along with the team is to strengthen the strong traditions that the Blues have."

Blues CEO Andy Dalton said Williams' experience would be crucial to a young and relatively inexperienced squad.

"It's a young and exciting squad we have, so with Keven out for the first few weeks, experience and leadership is more crucial than ever," Dalton said.

"With Ali having played more than 100 Super Rugby games he brings both to the team and will build on that to meet the high expectations that come with being a Blues captain."

 
 
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