Ex-Blues halfback says 'it's going to click sometime' ahead of Crusaders clash

Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall is wary of facing his former side the Blues, when the teams come face to face in Super Rugby this weekend in Auckland.

Hall, 26, headed south from the Blues to the Crusaders last year, establishing himself as a key part in the Crusaders side that went on to claim the 2017 Super Rugby title.

Speaking at his side's training today, Hall spoke about the troubles his former teammates now find themselves in, with the Blues once again propping up the New Zealand Super Rugby conference.

"The derby games in general are always a tough one, and that's no different with the Blues," he said.

"They're going through a bit of a tough time results wise, but the amount of talent they have there - it's going to click sometime.

Hall will no doubt have an idea of how to topple the Blues, spending four seasons with the Auckland side.

"Just being able to take away their time and space."

"They've got a lot of x-factor, a lot of great individuals who can beat you one-on-one and put you in a lot of trouble.

"We've got to make sure our processes are right around our defence, we've done a lot of work on our defence. If we can do that, then hopefully they won't get through our defence."

The Blues host the Crusaders at Eden Park on Saturday night.

Bryn Hall will face his old teammates in a classic Kiwi derby this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS


'I'll definitely be a part of it' - Kieran Read to stay with All Blacks despite back injury

All Blacks captain Kieran Read is confident he'll be able to stay with the side for next month's series with France, despite being ruled out with a back injury.

Read, 32, hasn't played any rugby since picking up a back injury on his side's end of year tour in November, returning to Crusaders training today, having had surgery in the off-season.

Speaking to media today, Read spoke about his role with the All Blacks for this year, even though it will be restricted to off-field duties only.

"I'll definitely be a part of it in some way," he said.

"Already there's been the opportunity to keep the discussions going with Steve (Hansen), the leaders and all of them.

"I'll have to have my ear close to the ground there."

The All Blacks squad for next month's series is named on Sunday.

The skipper won't play a part in the France series, but will still lend a hand to his teammates. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Kieran Read thrilled with return to Crusaders training - 'You've gotta be patient'

All Blacks captain Kieran Read couldn't hide his delight at returning to Crusaders training in Christchurch today, having been sidelined with injury for all of 2018.

Read. 32, hasn't played any rugby since the 2017 end of year tour, where he suffered a back injury that left him needing surgery.

Taking part in some light training with his Crusaders teammates today, Read spoke about his return to action.

"It's a long road back I guess from back surgery," he said.

"Awesome to be back out on the field, touch the ball a little bit, and do my bit."

Read kept his cards close to his chest when questioned about his return to playing, with the number eight expected to miss the All Blacks' June series with France.

"There's no time frame, hopefully in July sometime."

"From my point of view, it's just about ticking milestones off - this is one.

"It's been a long time since I've been on the field, actually running around properly, I've still got a lot to do.

"It's a progress that you've got to be patient with."

The All Blacks captain hasn't played any rugby since the 2017 end of year tour. Source: 1 NEWS