All Blacks captain Kieran Read has been declared fit to play in Saturday’s first Test against the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland.
Read has been on the sidelines since the end of April with a broken thumb forcing him to miss the All Blacks' first match of the year against Samoa in their 78-0 demolition last Friday.
It's expected he'll return to the Number 8 jersey against the tourists with there possibly being a reshuffle among the All Blacks' loose forwards who started against Manu Samoa.
The All Blacks side to face the Lions will be announced Thursday morning.
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