All Black No 8 and new captain Kieran Read is one of those imposing components in an emerging group of special talent. He demands the ball for those menacing runs off the ruck where hesitation is a curse.
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Tourists are trapped and residents have been evacuated as bad weather leads to states of emergency in Taranaki, across South Island. Massive slips have closed Takaka Hill Road in the Tasman region with huge damage done to the state highway. State Highway between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki in Wellington is partially closed this morning after seas washed over the road.