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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'No NZ team wants to be the team that finally falls' - Hurricanes coach on trans-Tasman winning streak

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd admitted he hasn't thought about the 39 game winning streak New Zealand Super Rugby sides have over their trans-Tasman rivals Australia, but said he would be disappointed if his team was the first to break it.

The Canes take on the Queensland Reds this Friday in Wellington, with the black and yellow team on a hot run of nine straight wins.

"No New Zealand team wants to be the team that finally falls, so any of those streaks always carries a bit of psychological stuff in the background," said Boyd.

"But certainly we haven't focussed on it, don't think we have even talked about it."

Peter Umaga Jensen of Wellington makes a break during a Mitre 10 Competition match between Otago and Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium on August 25, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Credit: Joe Allison / www.Photosport.nz
Peter Umaga Jensen of Wellington makes a break during a Mitre 10 Competition match between Otago and Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Source: Photosport

Peter Umaga-Jensen will be making his debut for the Hurricanes named to play at No.12, he replaces Ngani Laumape who has been rested as part of the All Blacks' quota.

The Hurricanes sit second in the New Zealand Super Rugby conference ladder, one point behind leaders the Crusaders.

New Zealand Super Rugby sides now have a 39-game winning streak against Aussie Super Rugby sides. Source: 1 NEWS


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