'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


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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


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'He does train it' - Jordie Barrett on Ngani Laumape's stunning cross field kick

Just as you thought the Hurricanes' firepower in the backline couldn't get any better, add cross-field kicking to the resume of the midfielders and wingers.

Utility Hurricanes back Jordie Barrett revealed that Ngani Laumape's cross field kick in the final minutes of the match against the Blues, which led to Matt Proctor's try was a planned and rehearsed move.

"The reason I called it is because I saw that Ngani (Laumape) was there and he does train it," said Barrett.

"I trust in his cool that he could have executed, so we do train it.

"Not just the 10s and 15s, the midfielders, even wingers jump in there because you never know who needs to step up at any time."

The Hurricanes host the Queensland Reds this Friday night at Westpac Stadium.

Barrett revealed to media that the Hurricanes have kicking threats right across their backline. Source: 1 NEWS


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