# Kieran Read

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# Special Guest
All Blacks great Kieran Read offers Leinster words of wisdom during Dublin visit
The former New Zealand captain paid a visit to the province’s UCD training base on Monday.
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# Read all about it
All Blacks legend Kieran Read retires from professional rugby
The towering number eight made 127 Test appearances for New Zealand, 52 of them as captain.
# Irish Abroad
Irish prop Conán O'Donnell named in same Mitre 10 Cup squad as Kieran Read
The 24-year-old Sligo man first moved to New Zealand last year.
# perspective
'My kids aren't going to love me less' - Emotional All Blacks front up to defeat
The All Blacks were still hurting badly this morning after their defeat to England.
# Future
With Hansen and Read departing, what next for the All Blacks?
New Zealand must appoint a new head coach and captain as the next era begins.
# Crusaders
'ROG has been awesome... He’s very determined like all the other Irish are'
Ronan O’Gara has had an influence on several of the All Blacks players.
# Criticism
All Blacks coach hits out at trial by social media
New Zealand skipper Kieran Read, prop Joe Moody and South African Pieter-Steph du Toit have all come under fire, and Steve Hansen is not happy.
# Absolute Annihilation
All Blacks crush Tonga by 85 points in final Rugby World Cup dress rehearsal
Steve Hansen’s side fell just short of scoring 100 points in Hamilton.
# tonking
'Next week it's do or die' - Read laments missed tackles as All Blacks concede record points haul
Australia beat New Zealand 47-26 in the Rugby Championship and All Blacks captain Kieran Read pulled no punches in his assessment.
# Ready to Roll
All Blacks skipper Read to leave New Zealand for Japan after World Cup
The 2013 World Rugby Player of the Year will call time on an 11-year All Blacks career.
# future plans
Read looks forward to 'new experience' overseas after World Cup
The All Blacks captain will seek a move to Europe or Japan next year.
# 1 v 2
'We’re going to need the best performance of our season' - Read
The All Blacks captain stressed the importance of physicality against Ireland.
# Read all about it
Captain Kieran Read to quit All Blacks after 2019 World Cup
Read says he’s interested in taking his career overseas after next year’s World Cup defence in Japan.
# Super Rugby
All Black captain Read to return for Crusaders after back surgery
Ronan O’Gara’s team have a big south island derby date on Friday at Wyatt Crockett Stadium.
# Black Ops
New Zealand captain Kieran Read to undergo surgery on back issue
The number eight will not play under Ronan O’Gara until April at the earliest.
# Back in action
Captain Read returns as All Blacks roll out big guns for Saturday's clash against depleted France
Dane Coles, Sam Whitelock and Aaron Smith also return for New Zealand.
# Looking Back
Rory McIlroy meets Pep and more of our favourite sports pics from the past week
We review a busy few days of action via a series of memorable images.
# Ref Justice
The massive Romain Poite call that decided the Lions v All Blacks series
Poite decided that Ken Owens was accidentally offside, and chose not to award a late penalty.
# Special K
Centurion Kieran Read still loves living the dream as pressure ramps up for All Black captain
Nine years since he made his All Black debut and took on Munster in Thomond Park, Read is the calm voice guiding New Zealand into a pressure-filled third Test.
# Concussion
'It's a worry for the game obviously:' Doug Howlett laments Ben Smith's latest concussion
The All-Blacks legend also paid tribute to Rieko Ioane for a superb performance.
# starting XV
Read recovers to lead All Blacks in first Test as Hansen springs surprise on wing
Rieko Ioane and Sonny Bill Williams have been included in the All Black side.
# All Black Everything
'He's a genuine world-class athlete': Kieran Read signs new two-year deal with the All Blacks
Captain sets his sights on 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
# Concern
New Zealand skipper Read a doubt for Lions series after thumb operation
The back row suffered the injury yesterday.
# time out
All Blacks skipper Read could take sabbatical
The 31-year-old could follow in the footsteps of former captain Richie McCaw by taking a long-term break before the Rugby World Cup.
# Beast Mode
Tadhg Furlong went on the rampage against the All Blacks yesterday
The 24-year-old Wexford man put three Kiwis into the dirt on one powerful run.
# Record Breakers
'We certainly don't want to be the first New Zealand team to lose to Ireland'
All Blacks captain Kieran Read reckons Ireland will bring a ‘structured’ approach.
# early mauling
Brilliant early score helps the Lions to victory in 8-try clash with Crusaders
The south islanders were the first Kiwi side to fall in this weekend’s knock-out stage.
# Second Half Power
Read captains All Blacks to victory as Wales 63-year wait for success continues
A 39-21 win for New Zealand in Auckland this morning.
# book smart
Read to take over from McCaw as All Blacks captain
The back-rower was named World Player of the Year in 2013.
# Culture
End of an All Black era, but NZ still boast enough leaders to continue unparalleled success
Don’t go feeling sorry for New Zealand just because the heart is about to be ripped out of their double World Cup-winning side.
# Best of the best
We pick our combined Australia and New Zealand team ahead of the World Cup final
We pick our ultimate XV from this year’s World Cup final.
5 forwards capable of dominating the Rugby World Cup
Rucks, mauls, scrummaging… that sort of thing.
# Pop Pass
Take a moment to luxuriate in Kieran Read's sleight of hand offload for this try
Read delivered the perfect pop pass for Richie McCaw’s try
# Get carter
Rejuvenated Dan Carter back in All Blacks squad
The sabbatical is over for the talismanic No 10.
# world's best
Kaino returns for All Blacks with three uncapped players named on bench
Steve Hansen has selected an experienced starting XV to face England in the first Test on Saturday.
# Top Dogs
Ireland eager to mix it with rugby's big boys in 2014
We spoke to Paul O’Connell, Jean de Villiers, Kieran Read and David Wallace about rugby’s top two.
# dream team's 2013 rugby team of the year
It wasn’t easy, but we’ve selected our best XV from the past year of action.
# Rugby
All Black Kieran Read named IRB player of the year
Steve Hansen picks up coach of the year award.
# Record Breaker
Kieran Read reflects on 'proud moment' after beating Ireland
The world class No. 8 says the All Blacks will be focused on getting even better next year.
# Number 1
All Blacks not better, more fluid than World Cup winners — Kieran Read
The number eight is blessed with an endless array of skills. How do Ireland stop him?