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Test caps: 108.
Positives: Done it before, top player in his position, calm and composed, vastly experienced, comes from Canterbury.
Negatives: Maybe getting a bit long in the tooth, seeking some Japanese yen, may not have enough gas left in the tank, comes from Canterbury.
Chances: Very hot.
Positives: On his game is the best in the world, a real follow-me leader, well respected.
Negatives: Picks up a few injuries, may become burdened by the leadership, still young in years.
Position: First five-eighth.
Positives: Is the quarterback of the team, a class act when on form, natural fit around people, done it before.
Negatives: Has plenty on his plate, how often is a first five-eighth a captain in a team, may be headed offshore, does not feel like captaincy material.
Chances: Very, very tepid.
Positives: A rampaging player, well liked, matured as a player, has captaincy experience.
Negatives: Injury list longer than a Lime scooter weekend, not sure of his place in starting side, not getting any younger.
Chances: Getting colder by the day.
Positives: Done it before, a top player, in the ideal position to captain the side.
Negatives: Coming back from a very serious injury, other things on his mind, may be usurped in his position.
Chances: Slightly above stone cold.
Positives: Works hard, leads well round the field, getting better as a player, well respected, good professional.
Negatives: Not sure of a start, too much of an organiser and busybody, finger would get tired from even more pointing he will do in a game.
Positives: Top player, barks well at his forwards, wiser in years.
Negatives: Never been a captain anywhere, best left to his own devices, chequered history.
Chances: Even Captain Oates would have been warmer.
Positives: Captained NZ Schools, certain to start every game, appeals to the younger folk.
Negatives: Remember Stu Wilson from 1983, too young, still plenty of other stuff to do.
Chances: The temperature on Uranus last night.
Position: In the stand, on the field.
Positives: It's all about the leadership group these days, trainers and medics are on the field every minute of the match, coaches can make calls from the stand.
Negatives: Miss out on those after-match interviews ... um, yes.
Chances: No chance but in modern reality is the biggest chance.