The Hurricanes have today confirmed Conrad Smith will lead the team out for their round one Investec Super Rugby clash against the Stormers this Sunday (NZT). This will be Smith’s 67th cap as a Hurricane, but his first as the team’s new captain. Smith had previously taken over the reins once back in 2007 against the Reds before being named in November as the team’s new leader for 2012.
The full line-up to take on the Stormers at Newlands Stadium will be announced Thursday evening local time.
The Hurricanes captain took an extended break following New Zealand’s successful Rugby World Cup campaign and returned to Hurricanes pre-season training on Monday 6th February.
Upon his return to Wellington from his overseas adventure, Smith expressed his delight to be back with the team. “I’ve had a good break, but now I’m ready to get back into it and tackle the season ahead. We have a passionate and talented group of players in the Hurricanes this year and it will be an honour to be part of the group leading this side.”