Coach Steve Hansen has confirmed Kieran Read will captain the All Blacks this year.

The 85-Test No 8 takes over from Richie McCaw, who retired after New Zealand won back-to-back Rugby World Cups late last year.

“We have known for quite some time that five of the guys are going to be leaving.

“We've known for a while and we've planned for that,” Hansen told Radio Sport.

“Reado's had experience already as captain nine times and whilst it will be a new experience to be there fulltime, at least he's had a taste of it.”