A dominant player across the field and a master of the role of the modern number 8, All Blacks Captain Kieran Read turns in consistently outstanding performances on the field, complemented by his leadership skills and professionalism.
The 2013 World Player of the Year and double RWC winner, Read was identified at a young age as a very good age-grade cricketer and rugby talent. He played in national Schools and age grade teams before making his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2006 and then Super Rugby with the Crusaders and the Junior All Blacks in 2007.
Read became the 66th All Blacks captain when he led the team against Italy at Rome's Olympic Stadium in 2012, and has captained the side more than 30 times.
Read’s 19 consecutive wins as All Blacks Captain from 2012 to 2016 is a world record.
The third Test match against the British & Irish Lions in 2017 saw Read become the All Blacks’ seventh Test centurion.
Read was back at his best with the All Blacks during the Investec Rugby Championship last year, after a back injury that required surgery sidelined him for most of the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season and the All Blacks Steinlager Series against France.
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• 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.