“BehindNAmeBop”
We all know Sam Cane the All Black and Chief. But could you name which movie scene the 27-year-old can reference without hesitation?

Guess what the Gallagher Chiefs co-captain would be doing if he wasn't playing rugby?
Or identify which on-field moment, more than 10 years ago, he is most embarrassed about.

As part of a new feature called Behind the Name, we get to know the Bay of Plenty's talented athletes representing New Zealand internationally. We take readers beyond an athlete's impressive career highlights and today, we launch with Sam Cane - the rugby star, the man, the son and the fiance.

What is your first memory of rugby and how has that impacted your life?

My first memory is my dad taking me down to the Reporoa Rugby Club after school. If he hadn't have taken me down who knows if I would have got into rugby. He was a pretty strong rugby influence for me growing up, he was my coach from the age of 5 until about 14.

All Blacks and Gallagher Chiefs player Sam Cane

Why do you love rugby?

I love the camaraderie, the team aspect of being with your mates. I love what comes from going out on the field and working really hard

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