New Zealand appoint Simon Mannering captain after decision to replace Benji Marshall
Simon Mannering has been named New Zealand captain following the decision to remove Benji Marshall from the role.
Last Updated: 28/02/13 9:36pm
The 26-year-old, who has skippered New Zealand Warriors for the last three years, was unveiled at a press conference 24 hours after Marshall lost the captaincy.
Mannering's first Test as captain, and his 29th overall, will come in a one-off game against Australia in April.
And the 2008 World Cup winner will lead the side's campaign for a repeat victory in France and the UK this autumn.
He said: "It's a massive honour to even be considered for the role let alone to be chosen to lead your country."
Coach Stephen Kearney said: "He was the logical choice to step up as captain and we believe he can lead us now and into the future.
"He's a vastly-experienced player at both club and international level, he's heading into his fourth season as captain at the Warriors and you know he'll give you 100% every time."