Kieran Read

Kieran Read has evolved into the first choice number eight for the Crusaders and the All Blacks.

He embodies the ideals of continuous improvement, growing as both a player and a leader with every match he plays.

The New Zealand Player of the Year in 2010, he overcame an ankle injury last year to star in RWC 2011 and is one of the first names pencilled in by the coach of any team he represents.

A natural athlete, he appeared for New Zealand Schools, New Zealand Under 19, New Zealand Under 21 and the Junior All Blacks before making the All Blacks in 2008. He has also represented New Zealand at age-group cricket.He is now considered one of the first All Blacks named, and after another strong season for the Crusaders was selected in the 2011 squad to play Fiji and the Investec Tri Nations.

The Canterbury captain in 2008 and stand-in captain for the Crusaders in 2010, Read began his senior representative career at blindside flanker but is now considered a specialist No 8 for the Crusaders and the All Blacks.

His playing and leadership abilities are such that he has a promising career ahead.

Read has had a rapid rise to the top having represented New Zealand at Schools, Under 19, Under 21 level and Junior All Blacks level.

Just as quickly, he became a vital cog in red and black sides. After making his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2006, he captained them to victory in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup.

In 2009 Read rose to become the All Blacks first choice number eight, displacing long-serving veteran Rodney So'oialo as the Test number eight. He would go on to play in 13 test matches in the year, and strong form during the 2010 Rebel Sport Super 14 would again ensure his selection in the national side.

Loose Forward
1.93, 111kg
Test Debut:
v Scotland in Edinburgh 2008
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Provincial Debut:
2006 v Wairarapa Bush
Provincial Caps:
Provincial Points:
50 (10t)
Super Rugby Team:
Super Rugby Debut:
2007 v Blues
Super Rugby Caps:

Career Comments

  • • Captained Canterbury to Air New Zealand Cup victory in 2008.
    • Was recognised as one of the Promising Players of the Year by the 2007 Rugby Almanack and one of the Players of the Year in the 2010 Almanack.
    • He has previously represented New Zealand at age-group level in cricket.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

9 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 32-6
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3 (+)
19 Nov v Munster at Limerick 18-16 (+)
30 Nov v England at London 32-6 (+)

13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27
20 June v France at Wellington 14-10
27 June v Italy at Christchurch 27-6
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16 (+)
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28 (+)
02 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31 (+)
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19 (+)
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12 (-)
22 Nov v England at London 19-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (-)

12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (-)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (-)
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26
07 Nov v England at London 26-16
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 (-) 

6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14 (-)
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25 (-)
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15 (-)
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7

9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19 (-)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10 (C)
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10
2 Dec v England at London 21-38

8 June v France at Auckland 23-13
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19
17 Nov v England at London 30-22
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22