Kieran Read signs with All Blacks through to next World Cup

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    Kieran Read wants to be at the helm of the All Blacks when they pursue a hat-trick of Rugby World Cup titles.

    The world-class forward surprised nobody when announcing on Wednesday the extension of his New Zealand Rugby contract through to 2019, when Japan will host the sport’s showpiece.

    Read, who succeeded the retired Richie McCaw after the 2015 triumph, will turn 34 during the next tournament.

    The most-capped All Blacks No.8 is recovering from a broken thumb and, if fit, will raise 100 caps in the third Test against the touring British and Irish Lions on July 8.

    Read’s contract – expected to be among the most lucrative in New Zealand – is likely to include provisions such as a sabbatical to help his longevity, with injury having started to make an impact.

    Read made his announcement at his former Rosehill College in Papakura, where he was born.

    He revealed he will switch allegiance back to Counties Manukau, where he played all of his junior rugby before joining provincial powerhouses Canterbury in 2006.

    Read, who will remain on the books of the Crusaders, thanked Canterbury for their role in his development.

    He said the Counties Manukau region is “where my heart lies” and is set to shift north with his wife Bridget and three young children.

    “It was important for me to come full circle and sign with the province where it all started and hopefully give something back to the community I love,” Read said.

    He has played just 128 minutes this year, in three Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders in April, having returned late from off-season wrist surgery.

    A thumb fracture suffered against the Cheetahs four weeks ago required surgery in Bloemfontein and leaves him in a race to be fit for the Lions series.

    Read is the 20th All Black to commit to 2019 or beyond.

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    • Roar Guru

      May 24th 2017 @ 10:31am
      taylorman said | May 24th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

      Just one word…that’s great news!

      • May 24th 2017 @ 12:42pm
        Ryan said | May 24th 2017 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

        That’s three?

        • May 24th 2017 @ 3:49pm
          cuw said | May 24th 2017 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

          well that is the same problem with BLUES ๐Ÿ˜› counting

          • Roar Guru

            May 24th 2017 @ 5:10pm
            taylorman said | May 24th 2017 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

            Hmm…couple of points on that Cuw…one, that’s true.๐Ÿ˜€

            • May 24th 2017 @ 6:16pm
              cuw said | May 24th 2017 @ 6:16pm | ! Report

              well , all the best to BLUES going up against Chiefs with ” I am the new Wayne Barnes ” Gardener !!!

              lets hope some one has better stereo vision at least from the lines .

              Chiefs:

              15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames

              Replacements:

              16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisiโ€™ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Solomon Alaimalo 23 Shaun Stevenson

              Blues:

              15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (c), 1 Ofa Tuโ€™ungafasi

              Replacements:
              16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 TJ Faiane

              Date: Friday, May 26
              Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
              Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)

              Referee: Angus Gardner
              Assistant Referees: Nick Briant, Angus Mabey
              TMO: Glenn Newman

    • May 24th 2017 @ 10:54am
      R2D2 said | May 24th 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report

      The power of the black jersey.

    • May 24th 2017 @ 12:42pm
      Ryan said | May 24th 2017 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

      The biggest name the Blues let slip through their fingers.

      • May 24th 2017 @ 3:50pm
        cuw said | May 24th 2017 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

        err , how?

        becoz he went to school in Auckland?

        well then ur gonna lose another future all black – Jack Goodhue.

        • May 24th 2017 @ 8:13pm
          ClarkeG said | May 24th 2017 @ 8:13pm | ! Report

          He went to Canterbury University didn’t he?

          And got selected to play for Canterbury.

          Goodhue future All Black for sure.

          • May 25th 2017 @ 6:48am
            richard said | May 25th 2017 @ 6:48am | ! Report

            Goodhue is originally from Whangarei.He is a Northland,not an Auckland lad.

            • May 25th 2017 @ 9:09am
              ClarkeG said | May 25th 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

              The initial point made was Read slipped through the Blues fingers.

              Hardly the case because he left the region to attend University in ChCh.

              Same with Goodhue. He attended school in Auckland and then attended University in ChCh.

              So the point is that it can not be claimed that Read and Goodhue have slipped past the Blues simply because they attended school in the region.

              • May 26th 2017 @ 3:55pm
                moaman said | May 26th 2017 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

                My son and I were chatting today about a theoretical North-South game and who would comprise the sides….be an interesting exercise.

    • May 24th 2017 @ 12:59pm
      WQ said | May 24th 2017 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

      Was there ever any doubt?

    • Roar Guru

      May 24th 2017 @ 5:11pm
      taylorman said | May 24th 2017 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

      Well at least he’s got three seasons with Counties Manukau…that will be fun…

      • May 24th 2017 @ 5:20pm
        Old Bugger said | May 24th 2017 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

        Yes Tman but, will he ever play for them…..??

        • May 24th 2017 @ 5:58pm
          cuw said | May 24th 2017 @ 5:58pm | ! Report

          from the bench?

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2017 @ 6:40pm
          taylorman said | May 24th 2017 @ 6:40pm | ! Report

          Probably not, but if he trained at the right club we could say we finally have greatness north of the Bombay hills once again! Perhaps itll rub off?๐Ÿ˜€

    • Roar Guru

      May 24th 2017 @ 6:08pm
      Machooka said | May 24th 2017 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

      The guy’s a seagull!

      • May 24th 2017 @ 6:55pm
        cuw said | May 24th 2017 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

        quite a big one at that ๐Ÿ˜›

        • May 25th 2017 @ 3:29pm
          Old Bugger said | May 25th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

          And a wealthy one too…..

      • May 25th 2017 @ 8:34pm
        Kelefua said | May 25th 2017 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

        Champion seagull with alot of coin:)

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