COMMENT:

A straw poll of the All Blacks' various opponents in the last decade would confirm that the man they have least enjoyed running into is one Kieran James Read.

The All Blacks captain has a relentless capacity to drive his shoulders into ball runners and hit them with the sort of force that knocks the air clean out of them, which is the basis on which he has become the greatest defensive player of the modern age.

It's also the basis on which he should be judged as the iconic leader the All Blacks need to win a third

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