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All Black captain Kieran Read's Father's Day message

Kieran Read at home on Father's Day with his daughters Elle and Eden. Photo/Facebook.
Kieran Read at home on Father's Day with his daughters Elle and Eden. Photo/Facebook.

All Black captain Kieran Read has wished Kiwi dads a happy Father's Day, sharing a photograph of him relaxing with his own two daughters at home.

The rugby great launched a his official Facebook page this morning, posting a personal message.

"Great to spend a weekend at home with these two awesome girls," he wrote.

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads around the country.
Kieran Read, All Black captain.

Read spoke to the Herald's Viva magazine about his daughters and wife Bridget earlier this year, revealing how his family helped him switch off from rugby when he was off the field.

"The kids certainly really help me with that. When I come home and they want me to dress up as a king or prince and pretend they're princesses, you automatically forget about what's happened during the week, or what's coming up," he said.

He said becoming a parent had changed his life and had a positive impact on his health.

"Every time I come home, no matter what has happened during the day, you want to come home and have a smile on your face. And see your kids, hug your kids.

"And in terms of our food we're probably healthier now than we were, because you're cooking meals for kids every night. We always try to have the same meal as them now they're a bit older, so we can sit down and enjoy a meal together."

Read met his wife at Rosehill College when they were teenagers.

"We've been married eight years now. Seven years? I don't know (laughs). She's been with me since before I cracked rugby, when we were just students flatting together, scrounging around and living on two minute noodles."

- NZ Herald

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