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All Blacks Captain Sam Cane Ruled Ou

All Blacks captain Sam Cane has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup opener against France due to a back injury.

New Captain Takes the Reins

No 8 Ardie Savea will step in as the new captain for the match in Paris on Saturday morning.

Lineup Changes"

 With Sam Cane sidelined, Dalton Papali'i will shift from blindside flanker to the other side of the scrum, and Tupou Vaa'i will start at No 6. Slide 4:

Brodie Retallick's Return"

Lock Brodie Retallick, initially not in the match-day 23 due to a knee injury, is listed in the reserves.

Back Spasms Force Cane's Withdrawal"

Sam Cane had to withdraw from the match due to back spasms, as reported by Sky TV.

"Injuries Pile Up"

Cane's absence compounds a series of injuries, including Jordie Barrett, Tyrel Lomax, and Shannon Frizell, leaving coach Ian Foster with a depleted lineup.

Last-Minute Announcement

The announcement about Cane's withdrawal came less than 60 minutes before kick-off, catching fans and media by surprise.

Silent on the Injury"

All Blacks coach Ian Foster didn't mention Cane's injury at the pre-match media conference on Thursday.

Fans Unaware"

Fans arriving at the stadium for the opening ceremony were unaware of Cane's absence until it was announced by the team's management to the media.

Unpredictable Week"

The reconfigured lineup raises questions about whether the new pack had any training time together during the week.