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'I'll hold these memories for a long time' - Kieran Read reflects after final All Blacks Test

His time with the All Blacks now done, captain Kieran Read is certain that the memories he's made in the black jersey will stay with him forever.

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Read, 34, is leaving New Zealand for Japan's Toyota Verblitz. Source: 1 NEWS

Leading the All Blacks for the final time, Read captained the side to third place at this year's Rugby World Cup, defeating Wales 40-17 in Tokyo.

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The captain and coach will both have their final Test against Wales this Friday. Source: 1 NEWS

Read's next challenge comes in the form of plying his trade in Japan, joining Top League side Toyota Verblitz.

Fronting media post-match for the last time as an All Black, Read opened up about the end of his journey.

"It's been a great day," Read said.

"I've tried to really make sure I stay in the moment, [and] actually enjoy this day. My emotions at the start of the week, I was able to get them all out, so pretty much today was about process.

"I wanted to play well, wanted to come out, soak it up and enjoy the occasion, that's what I did.

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The All Blacks captain is preparing to wear the black jersey one last time. Source: 1 NEWS

"I just love playing with this team, and with my teammates. To see at the end, you've got your family to come and share a special moment with you, it was great.

"I'll hold these memories for a long time. I'm going to look back in terms of this World Cup, it's going to be a little bit of time to get over, but I'll come back with some fond memories, and remember today as well."

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The All Blacks captain could play his last Test against Wales on Friday. Source: 1 NEWS