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