Read proud of 100th Crusaders game
March 26, 2014
Kieran Read will run on for his 100th Super Rugby match on Friday © Getty Images
Captain Kieran Read says his 100th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders will be a special personal achievement when they face the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Friday. World class No.8 Read is part of an unchanged starting 15, with coach Todd Blackadder's only selection move coming in the reserves.
New Zealand under-20 loose-head prop Daniel Lienert-Brown comes onto the bench in place of Tim Perry, who has a hamstring injury. Blackadder has otherwise stayed true to the side who beat the Rebels 25-19 in Melbourne two weeks ago. They had a bye last weekend.
Read, 28, named IRB player of the year for 2013, ranks a century of games for the franchise where he made his debut in 2007 among his proudest moments of a glittering career.
"When you look at the other players who have achieved 100 games for the Crusaders, you realise what an honour it is," he said. "Being selected for an award is one thing but being selected for the Crusaders team 100 times is a real reflection of the hard work I've put in over the years and something I can feel truly proud of."
After losing their first two games to the Chiefs and Blues, the Crusaders bounced back with narrow wins over the Stormers and Rebels. The match will pit the two lowest-placed teams in the New Zealand conference. The Crusaders are 11th, one place ahead of the Hurricanes, who have lost four of their five games.
Crusaders: Israel Dagg; Nafi Tuitavake, Ryan Crotty, Tom Taylor, Johnny McNicholl; Colin Slade, Andy Ellis; Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, Luke Whitelock; Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks; Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Nepo Laulala, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Mitchell Drummond, Kieron Fonotia, Nemani Nadolo.
Communication error please reload the page.
Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 4. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups as they are named to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks
Karmichael Hunt has pleaded guilty at Southport Magistrates Court to four charges of cocaine possession
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed a massive victory for his side against West Ham to retain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League on a night all of their rivals won
Ashley Young believes Manchester United got their "just rewards" after his late goal secured a vital win at Newcastle on Wednesday, but manager Louis van Gaal believes his side endured a narrow escape
"South Africa is hungry to once again host rugby's greatest occasion, SARU chief says Jurie Roux after World Rugby announced the tender process
One of world rugby's ultimate professionals, Super Rugby's milestone man Keven Mealamu quickly learned the value of a spare pair of boots
The Chiefs are keeping the ball alive when going into contact, and this makes their low turnover rate all the more impressive, Richard Kelly writes
Join Steve Bunce and Barry Jones each week for the latest news, views and debate from the boxing world.
Head injuries are not a trivial matter in sport - especially in one which will never fully eliminate the danger posed to its drivers
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was so delighted with his side's last-gasp win over West Brom that he said the three points were better than his wife winning the Euro Millions jackpot
Amir Khan is unlikely to face Kell Brook this summer as he looks to negotiate a fight with Miguel Cotto in America
Louis van Gaal wants his Manchester United players to cut out the backpasses to David De Gea as frustrations mount among supporters over his side's unadventurous approach this season
Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool's defeat at Crystal Palace in November left him fearing for his job at Anfield
Andre Ward has warned Carl Froch that he will be calling all of the shots over their proposed title unification bout
Emre Can sees his long-term future at Liverpool as a midfielder, but insists he will never be the new Steven Gerrard
Eight years ago, Steve Bunce was offered the chance of buying a 'share' in Tyson Fury, and it would have been a shrewd investment if he had the money
He may try and play down his obsession with his appearance, but Cristiano Ronaldo has apparently been sending a personal stylist to regularly brush up his waxwork model
Who was the 100th man to win a world championship Grand Prix?
Paul Butler tells Inside Boxing he turned down the chance of a trial with Liverpool in order to focus on boxing - and it was the right choice
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner