Read named as All Blacks captain
New skipper, new players and a new style of play. It is all change for the All Blacks on Sunday as, for the first time, Kieran Read leads them into combat against Italy. There was natural acclaim for Read from his teammates and coaches with midfield back Ma'a Nonu weighing in with his approval. For the last three years Read had been a world class No 8, he was a leader in the forwards and had captained teams when his good buddy Richie McCaw was absent.