New Zealand captain Kieran Read will retire from international Rugby union following this year’s World Cup in Japan.
The 33-year-old includes 118 caps for the All Blacks, including just 14 defeats, and has helped his country win the World Cup in 2011 and 2015.
Read will definitely leave the Crusaders to join Toyota Verblitz in Japan instead of proceed to a club.
“Japan’s a bit nearer to home than Europe and probably a bit easier on the body also,” said the number eight.
“They brought me not simply to play also to mold their team and also utilize all of the adventures I’ve had in attempting to help them out”
Read shot on the All Blacks captaincy if Richie McCaw retired after the 2015 World Cup and made his international debut against Scotland in 2008.
The All Blacks were led by him from the series two years ago.
Read said he left the statement to retire from the game so he could concentrate on the worldcup and the Super Rugby season.
“Recognizing it is my final opportunity, I am very motivated and can not wait to get right into it,” he said. “It is a thrilling moment.”
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen added:”He’s progressed into a fantastic leader with the utmost respect of his peers.
“What he’s achieved has been remarkable, which is reasonable to say that he could be among those greats of the match “