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Bennett backs Blair for Kiwis captaincy
28 May 2017
Brisbane Broncos and England boss Wayne Bennett says prop Adam Blair will be an ideal Kiwis captain.

Brisbane Broncos supercoach Wayne Bennett has thrown his support behind the appointment of Adam Blair as Kiwis captain for the upcoming World Cup, labelling him a "stable bloke" who'll do his country proud.

The 31-year-old Whangarei native was handed the Test side's captaincy on Sunday after the demotion of Jesse Bromwich for alleged cocaine use following the side's 30-12 Anzac Test loss to Australia earlier this month.

It was a decision that received the green light from Bennett, who coaches Blair at Brisbane and will likely confront him as England boss at the World Cup.

Bennett, a Tri-Nations winner with Australia in 2004 and the mastermind behind New Zealand's 2008 World Cup triumph, said the prop would relish the role.

"A very stable bloke, very responsible, always plays well himself which is a pretty important part of being captain - he has a great rapport with the players and certainly he's meant a lot to the Broncos, I can tell you," Bennett told reporters on Friday.

"(He) would be very good, outstanding."

Blair told reporters on Sunday that he hadn't liaised with Bennett before accepting the gig, and only spoke with Bromwich to check on his wellbeing.

He hoped to re-establish the side's standing after a limp Anzac Test display and the furore surrounding Bromwich and Kevin Proctor's demotions.

He'll look to do so alongside likely vice-captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

"I've got to lead that from the front," Blair said.

"At the same time I've got some quality guys around me (so) that we really live those standards, live our culture and remember where we're from."


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Last Game: The Kiwis lost against the Australia Roo's 10 - 28 at WestpacTrust Stadium, New Zealand (5800 days ago)  game results here
 New Zealand Kiwis Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played
 Away Games
    Away Wins 0 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries:
 Total Goals:
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For:
 Total Points Against:
 Leagues the New Zealand Kiwis are in
1998 International Test Series - Australia, 1998 International Test Series - Great Britain, 1999 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 1999 International Tri-Series, 1999 International Test - Tonga, 1999 International Tri-Series, 2000 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 2000 World Cup - Group 2, 2000 World Cup - Quarter Finals, 2000 World Cup - Semi Finals, 2000 World Cup - Final, 2001 France tour of New Zealand, 2001 International Test Series - Australia, 2002 KENO Test - Australia vs New Zealand,

 Players in 2001
Ali Lauitiiti, C Smith, Clinton Toopi, David Solomona, David Vaealiki, Francis Meli, Henry Faafili, Henry Paul, Henry Perenara, Jerry Seuseu, Logan Swann, Matt Rua, Monty Betham, Motu Tony, Nathan Cayless, Nigel Vagana, Richard Swain, Robert Paul, Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones, Stephen Kearney, Tesesa Lavea, Willie Talau,

 Players in 2000
Brian Jellick, Craig Smith, Craig Smith, David Kidwell, Jason Lowrie, Joe Vagana, Lesley Vainikolo, Quentin Pongia, Richard Barnett, Richie Blackmore, Tasesa Lavea, Tonie Carroll, Tony Puletua, Tyran Smith,

 Players in 1999
Gene Ngamu, Jarrard McCracken, Jason Lowrie, Sean Hoppe, Terry Hermannson,

 Players in 1998
Daryl Halligan, Joe Galuvao, John Lomax, Kevin Iro, Matthew Ridge, Syd Eru, Tony Iro,
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Last Results

Friday, 13 Jul, 2001
Australia 28
New Zealand 10


Sunday, 10 Jun, 2001
New Zealand 36
France 0


Sunday, 26 Nov, 2000
World Cup Final
Australia 40
New Zealand 12


Sunday, 19 Nov, 2000
World Cup Semi
New Zealand 49
England 6


Monday, 13 Nov, 2000
World Cup Qtr
New Zealand 54
France 6


Monday, 6 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 58
Wales 18


Friday, 3 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 84
Cook Islands 10


Monday, 30 Oct, 2000
New Zealand 64
Lebanon 0


Friday, 21 Apr, 2000
Australia 52
New Zealand 0


Friday, 5 Nov, 1999
Australia 22
New Zealand 20


2000 WORLD CUP - QUARTER FINALS LADDER
Round 1
November 12nd - 13rd
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Australia   2 
 2   New Zealand   2 
 3   Wales   2 
 4   England   2 
 5   Ireland   0 
 6   PNG   0 
 7   France   0 
 8   Samoa   0 
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