And speaking to Radio Sport on Friday, Hansen revealed the expected news that McCaw’s former Crusaders team-mate will take over the role.
“Reado’s had experience already as captain nine times,” he said. “Whilst it will be a new experience to be there full-time, at least he’s had a taste of it.”
Read first led the All Blacks in 2012 when they defeated Italy 42-10, with Hansen also revealing that Sam Cane is likely to be New Zealand’s new openside flanker.
“Sam Cane’s had a taste of test footy and he’s raring to go,” said Hansen. “So if we’re going in with all of those things brand new then it would be a lot different but I’ve got a lot of confidence in the people that are going to step up.”