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Kieran Read to undergo significant spinal surgery

By Ian Cameron

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will undergo significant spinal surgery this coming Saturday and is set to miss a large chunk of the Super Rugby season.

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In a statement released today, the Crusaders said: “Kieran Read will have surgery this Saturday on a prolapsed lumbar disc in his back, an injury he sustained at the end of the All Blacks season.

“He has been reviewed by both the All Blacks and Crusaders medical teams, as well as a back specialist, who will continue to monitor his recovery.”

“Expected recovery time for such injuries is approximately four months.”

Read has 109 caps for the All Blacks and 133 for the Crusaders. The last year of his captaincy has seen the Number 8 deal with a number of injuries, including a broken thumb and issues with this slipped disc in his back.

Appointed to the captaincy role by Steve Hansen for the 2016 Steinlager Series squad, Read first captained the All Blacks in 2012 against Italy in Rome and heading into the Steinlager Series was unbeaten in his nine matches as skipper, which included leading the way against Tonga at RWC 2015.

In 2013 he was named World Player of the Year by World Rugby.

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William 2 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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