Five play­ers of the year

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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.

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