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Injury puts All Black captain Kieran Read in doubt for Lions tour

  • A major setback for Kieran Read and the All Blacks
  • It’s little over a month out from the British and Irish Lions tour
  • The New Zealand skipper will have surgery on his thumb 
Kieran Read has broken his thumb in the Crusaders’ big win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, an injury which requires surgery and which will put him in doubt for the British and Irish Lions series.

The All Blacks skipper broke his thumb in the Crusaders 48-21 Super Rugby victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, leaving the field in the 38th minute of the game.


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The British and Irish Lions tour kicks off in five weeks, with the first test against the All Blacks eight weeks away on June the 24th.

Crusaders assistant coach Jason Ryan says it’s “extremely disappointing for Kieran and the All Blacks”.



He says “the guys has worked so hard off the field to get his hand right from the surgery he had during the off-season and has been world class since returning to the field”.

“Obviously it’s disappointing and will be concerning for the All Blacks”

Ryan says they have no idea what the time-frame would be for Kieran Read’s return to rugby is and will “probably be determined once he’s had his surgery”.

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