WELLINGTON – All Blacks captain Kieran Read has moved swiftly to quash the idea that he might be the solution to New Zealand's blindside flanker problem as they look ahead to the Rugby World Cup.
The 33-year-old Read made his test debut in 2008 against Scotland in the number six jersey but has made only one other appearance as the starting blindside flanker in his 117 other tests since.
Read has played 109 times for the All Blacks as number eight and told reporters ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship clash with South Africa that he would be happier staying at the back of the scrum.
“I would do whatever for this team but right now it's at number eight,” Read said on Friday. “I'm excited to be playing there. That's the role I want to be playing. That's where I see myself and get the best out of myself.”
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has never really settled on a blindside flanker since double World Cup winner Jerome Kaino ended his international career in 2017.