Rugby

All Blacks captain Kieran Read returns after back surgery

2018-06-27 08:17
Kieran Read (Getty)

Wellington - All Blacks captain Kieran Read has played his first match this year after recovering from back surgery, making an appearance for Counties Manukau province. 

Read, who hasn't played since New Zealand's Test against Scotland last November, played 40 minutes of a pre-season match for Counties in a 26-26 draw with Tasman province.

Both teams play in the first division of New Zealand's National Provincial Championship. 

Read told reporters after the match "my body is actually OK - it is a bit tired. Today really was just to go out and get a bit of contact, take a few hits, make some tackles and really just enjoy the game." 

Read is now in line to rejoin the Christchurch-based Crusaders as the Super Rugby season heads towards playoffs.

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