Kieran Read sets sights on July return
Cape Town - All Blacks captain Kieran Read has revealed that he is
hoping to return to action for the Crusaders in July as he continues his
recovery from a spinal injury.
The 32-year-old number eight confirmed that he will not be
in action when New Zealand host France in a three-Test series next month with
his likely return to the international arena being the world champions' Rugby
Championship opener against Australia in Sydney on August 18.
Read has been sidelined since the end of 2017 when he
underwent surgery on his lower back to fix a nerve which caused pain in his
He returned to training with the Crusaders on Monday and is
hoping to be playing again when the Crusaders return to action in their last
regular-season matches and any play-off fixtures.
"There is no time frame on it, hopefully in July some
time," Read told AAP.
"It could be earlier - it could be later," Read
told journalists on Thursday after completing a light training run.
"It is just about ticking milestones off, and this is
one. It has been a long time since I have been on the field, actually running
around properly. I still have a lot to do."
Read last played in the All Black' Test against Scotland in
Edinburgh in November.