Read set for Crusaders return
Cape Town - All Blacks captain Kieran Read has been cleared to play for
the Crusaders in their New Zealand Super Rugby derby against the
Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.
Read has not played during the first six rounds
of Super Rugby, but was back at training for the Crusaders in
Christchurch on Monday following their 20-12 defeat to the Waratahs in
Sydney on Saturday.
Crusaders forwards coach Jason Ryan that the 34-year-old is set to return to action this weekend.
“He’s available for selection,” Ryan told TVNZ.
“His back’s feeling good, he’s been good mentally as well, which is important.”
The loss to the Waratahs ended a 19-match winning run for the
Crusaders in Super Rugby and Read will be joined by flyhalf Richie
Mo’unga and second-rower Scott Barrett who missed the nine-time champions’
trip to Sydney due to the enforced All Black rest protocols.