Ali Williams to captain Blues
Veteran All Blacks lock Ali Williams will captain the Blues in next year's Super Rugby, succeeding hooker Keven Mealamu who is taking an extended break from top rugby.
New head coach John Kirwan named Williams as captain on Monday, saying the 31-year-old veteran of 77 tests was the ideal man for the job.
The appointment of Williams is likely to polarise fans.
While he is Auckland's most-experienced player with 101 Super Rugby caps, he has been dubbed "Comical Ali" for his often anarchic sense of humour. Williams once attended a scheduled Blues news conference dressed in a Spiderman outfit.
Kirwan said Williams "had some interesting experiences but he really cares about this place and I believe he's the right man to lead this team."