Fri 22 Jun 2018 | 09:14

All Black Read could return for Super Rugby play-offs

All Black Read could return for Super Rugby play-offs
Fri 22 Jun 2018 | 09:14
All Black Read could return for Super Rugby play-offs
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INJURY UPDATE: Seems like the All Blacks skipper Kieran Read will feature in the Crusaders’ play-offs campaign after being sidelined for six months.

Read was out of action for six months following spinal surgery at the end of 2017.

Read has been able to successfully train with the All Blacks in the lead up to the third test, causing a nuisance against the starting line-up in opposed sessions.

“Reado is making some good progress so you should see him on the park in a couple of weeks – maybe for Counties,” coach Steve Hansen said.

“He’s been a pain in the butt at training. The boys are getting sick of him. He’s been good. He’s been in the opposition – he’s been as niggly as hell, so he’ll be ready to go shortly,”

A return to rugby beckons with a pre-season hitout when Counties play Tasman next week. Should he manage that successfully, he will be in the frame to return for the Crusaders in July.

With 109 test caps, he will be a big boost for Scott Robertson’s side looking to capture back-to-back Super Rugby titles.

“He should be right for some games for the Crusaders after that [playing for Counties], so it is quite exciting for us,” Hansen said.

“As I say he has been quite niggly the last couple of weeks – the boys are sick of him.

“We will be pleased to give him a game,”

Read’s return schedule had aimed for a July return so looks on track to fulfil that. The Crusaders will finish with two home matches against the Highlanders and Blues which Read might feature in, before the playoffs.

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