|Date of birth||26 October 1985|
Kieran Read is viewed by many as the complete package at number eight. A dynamic carrier of the ball, and committed tackler, Read has excelled for the Crusaders since making his debut for them in 2007. An international debut followed in 2008 against Scotland. Read has gone on to become one of the first names on the All Blacks team sheet. He now has over 30 caps for New Zealand.