Five players of the year
hits that will live long in the memory – none more telling than the crunching he gave Kurtley Beale in Dunedin.
There was also a welcome return of his creative passing. Read made a number of telling, spectacular passes. There was his flip from the back of a scrum in the first test against the Lions that was simply brilliant. And in Brisbane he managed a crazy o oad to Waisake Naholo that deserved more of a result.
But what really mattered was that he stood up in big moments. He won the kick o in the final test of the Lions series and again against the Wallabies in Dunedin. He also managed to play 75 high impact minutes in the first Lions test despite not having played any rugby in the last six weeks.