NZ Rugby World - - The 50 Most Memorable Moments of 2017 -

It took the skip­per a while to get into the season. He made a late re­turn to Su­per Rugby af­ter hav­ing wrist surgery and then, just a few games back into it, he broke his thumb and wasn’t able to play again un­til the first test of the Lions se­ries.

But once he was back, he found his groove pretty quickly and played im­pres­sively with­out steal­ing the show.

At the heart of his game were his crunch­ing tack­les. De­fen­sively Read had a huge year. He made a cou­ple of in­di­vid­ual

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