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Ali to lead The Blues

Seventy Seven-Test veteran Ali Williams will captain the Blues in 2013.

Blues head coach Sir John 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.”

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