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All Blacks captain Read to have back surgery

Hip flexor injury puts the star out of action

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Wellington: All Blacks captain Kieran Read is to have back surgery this weekend and will miss the early rounds of next year’s Super Rugby competition.

Read had an injury-plagued 2017 due to thumb and wrist issues and was ruled out of the team’s final Test against Wales last month with a hip flexor problem. Super Rugby champions Canterbury said Read had suffered a prolapsed disc while on duty with the All Blacks and would be out of action for up to four months, ruling him out of the competition until about round nine in mid-April. “Head in for surgery on a disc in my back on Saturday which I injured at the end of the season,” Read wrote on his Facebook page.

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