Kieran Read (2008)

Kieran Read art by Leanne HannahPOSITION: Loose Forward
BORN: 26/10/1985 (Auckland)
PHYSICAL: 1.93, 108KG
TEST DEBUT: V Scotland in Edinburgh 2008
TEST CAPS: 64
TEST POINTS: 75
PROVINCIAL TEAM: Canterbury
PROVINCIAL DEBUT: 2006 V Wairarapa Bush
PROVINCIAL CAPS: 37
PROVINCIAL POINTS: 50 (10T)
SUPER RUGBY TEAM: Crusaders
SUPER RUGBY DEBUT: 2007 V Blues
SUPER RUGBY CAPS:71
SUPER RUGBY POINTS: 50 (10T)

Kieran Read is the current All Black deputy captain whenever Richie McCaw is unavailable.  His 2013 Rugby Championship season has been outstanding, with some commentators suggesting he is not only the greatest Number 8 in the world, but currently the greatest rugby player.  The future of New Zealand rugby looks to be in impeccable hands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Grand Slam against Home Nations (2008, 2010)

Tri Nations Champion (2008, 2010)

2011 Rugby World Cup winner

Rugby Championship  (2012, 2013)

IRB Player of the Year 2013

IN THE NEWS:

Rugby: Read Named World’s Best Player

NZ Herald: Nuggets like Read, need nurturing – Wynne Gray

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