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Kieran Read - No.8

Club: Cru­saders

DOB: Oc­to­ber 26 1985 Caps: 118

World Cup caps: 11

World Cup pts/tries: 15/3 Has been first-choice No.8 for the All Blacks since 2008. Next to Italy’s Ser­gio Parisse as the world’s best player in the po­si­tion, Read is a highly-gifted ath­lete who leads by ex­am­ple and can be counted on to come up with the big plays when they mat­ter. Has lead the Cru­saders to a hat­trick of Su­per Rugby ti­tles and en­sured a seam­less tran­si­tion when Richie Mc­caw handed over the All Blacks arm­band in 2015. Will play his club rugby in Ja­pan af­ter the World Cup.

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