Kieran Read

Dan Carter, Kieran Read recalled to Crusaders starting line-up

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has thrown caution to the wind and named All Blacks duo Dan Carter and Kieran Read in the starting side for Saturday's crunch Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Kieran Read back for Crusaders

Kieran Read will return from a concussion break.

The Crusaders have received a huge boost for their key Super Rugby clash with the Western Force with skipper Kieran Read to return after six weeks.

Rugby

All Black enforcer Kieran Read to play 100th Super game

Crusading for 100 games: Kieran Read.

New Zealand forward Kieran Read will play his 100th Super Rugby match as the Crusaders look to continue their resurgence against New Zealand rivals, the Hurricanes, in Christchurch on Friday.

Rugby

Kieran Read the new king of All Blacks rugby

Kieran Read

Richie McCaw might still have the aura, but it's All Blacks lock Kieran Read who is the new king of New Zealand rugby.

Rugby Union

Tired players need global season: Kieran Read

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All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read has urged world rugby bosses to consider ways to shorten the international season.

Rugby

Kieran Read passes Go and collects plaudits

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Daniel Gilhooly It was appropriate that an affluent London suburb was the setting as No.8 Kieran Read acknowledged he's come a long way from the player ranked last on an All Blacks' monopoly board.

Rugby

All Blacks Kieran Read and Ben Smith lead charge for IRB player of the year award

Kieran Read

All Blacks Kieran Read and Ben Smith are among five players on a shortlist to be named world rugby player of the year.

Kieran Read wins New Zealand rugby player of the year award

Kieran Read

All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read capped a stellar year on Thursday when he won the New Zealand rugby player of the year award, two days after receiving the same award from the International Rugby Board.

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Kieran Read named IRB player of the year

Kieran Read

New Zealand No.8 Kieran Read has been named as the International Rugby Board's (IRB) player of the year for 2013.

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Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Richie McCaw out for Crusaders

Sidelined: Richie McCaw.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will miss the Crusaders' crucial final round Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Crusaders v Highlanders

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Crusaders raise stakes for Highlanders with bonus-point victory

Strong contribution: Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo clashes with Richard Buckman in Christchurch.

Richard Knowler All the stars aligned for the Crusaders on Saturday night as they scored four tries to grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.

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Tight Five

Reds highlight Waratahs' lineout problems in the nick of time

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Paul Cully Against a side with a lesser defensive lineout than the Reds, the Waratahs could have headed into the finals with paper over the cracks, but their lineout problems on Saturday night will sharpen the...

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Crusaders v Blues

AMI Stadium, Chrsitchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Blues left struggling after hiding by Crusaders

Crusaders 21 Blues 13 Richard Knowler The power of Nemani Nadolo has probably killed the Blues' Super Rugby title hopes after the Crusaders won a brutal encounter in Christchurch on Saturday night.

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Nemani Nadolo brace leads Crusaders to win over Blues

Wrapped up: Crusaders veteran Andy Ellis is smashed by Blues forward Tony Woodcock.

Two tries to the Crusaders' powerhouse Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo wrapped up a 21-13 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.

Carter on Crusaders bench in rugby return

He's back: Dan Carter.

All Black five-eighth Dan Carter has been named to return on a Crusaders bench packing serious firepower for their Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Hurricanes v Crusaders

Westpac Stadium, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

New Zealand All Blacks crush England 36-13 in Hamilton

New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa is tackled by England's Tom Wood at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Daniel Gilhooly England melted in the face of a merciless All Blacks first-half onslaught to lose the third Test 36-13 in Hamilton and suffer a 3-0 series whitewash.

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