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Chris Rattue: Sam Whitelock is a lock as the new All Black captain - New Zealand Herald

Not even close. If Kieran Read can't start the Lions series, then it should be Sam Whitelock for captain. Whitelock is the man, by a country mile. In a potential All Black disaster, Kieran Read is racing against time for the first test at Eden Park in ...and more »

Rugby: Broken thumb puts Kieran Read in doubt for Lions series - New Zealand Herald

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has broken his thumb in the Crusaders' big win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, an injury which requires surgery and which will put him in doubt for the British and Irish Lions series. Read, who has only just returned ...and more »

New Zealand skipper in danger of missing Lions series -

New Zealand suffered a major blow to their preparations for the upcoming series against the touring British and Irish Lions when captain Kieran Read fractured his thumb in Super Rugby action on Saturday and was forced to undergo surgery. The number ...and more »

Injury to Kieran Read may force changes for All Blacks - what options are there? -

Kieran Read has made just three appearances fro the Crusaders this season. He will spend at least six weeks recovery from surgery on his fractured right thumb. If No 8 Kieran Read isn't fit for the first test against the British and Irish Lions, do the ...and more »

Neil Francis: Warren Gatland will regret omitting Irish pair when All Blacks' pace and guile rout Lions - Irish Independent

I had the pleasure of listening to Senator George Mitchell at a bash in the National Gallery in Dublin on Wednesday night. One of the points he focused on was expectation. He used the analogy of the wedding night of Elizabeth Taylor and her sixth ...and more »

Whetu Douglas won't be back to help the high-flying Crusaders after losing Kieran Read to injury -

George Bridge has been impressive in his debut season with the Crusaders. He scored three tries in the 48-21 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, taking his tally to seven for the season. It is not as if the Crusaders aren't used to coping without ...and more »

Whitelock cited after elbow incident - Sport24

Cape Town - Crusaders skipper Sam Whitelock has been cited for alleged foul play during their Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Whitelock is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the ...and more »

Kieran Read's fractured thumb overshadows Crusaders' big win over Cheetahs -

All Blacks captain Kieran Read had to be taken to hospital after suffering a thumb injury. All Blacks captain Kieran Read has had an operation on the thumb he fractured during the Crusaders' emphatic 48-21 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, South ...and more »

All Blacks captain Kieran Read thumbs up post-op -

Kieran Read posted a photo on Facebook of himself recovering from an operation to repair the thumb he fractured during the Crusaders match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Sunday morning (NZT). At least Kieran Read is still smiling. Despite ...and more »

Coaching decision can't come soon enough for Highlanders fans -

Highlanders head coach Tony Brown will be one and done after the 2016 Super Rugby season. OPINION: Wouldn't a bit of clarity be nice for Highlanders fans? Not since former coach Jamie Joseph announced at the start of last year he was leaving the ...and more »