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All Blacks fans can expect to see a starting loose forward trio of Kieran Read, Sam Cane and Ardie Savea at some point this season.
Coach Steve Hansen was open to the idea of Read shifting into blindside flanker to allow Savea to play at No 8, where the latter performed well against Argentina last weekend.
Captain Read has spent most of his All Blacks career at No 8, but played four of his first nine matches at blindside flanker after making his debut there against Scotland in 2008. He played his next 109 All Blacks matches at No 8.
Read is the one expected to make the move, as a shift to blindside for Savea would, in many people’s eyes, restrict his game too much.
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Hansen was asked on Thursday about moving Read to the side of the scrum and, somewhat surprisingly, didn’t rule it out.
“You’ll have to wait and see. There’s no point me telling the world what we’re doing. They can find out. It’s a good question but I can’t answer it.”
For this weekend at last, Read will stay at No 8, where he starts alongside Matt Todd and Shannon Frizell at openside and blindside respectively.
Hansen’s comments were put to Read after his captain’s run at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday, ahead of his side’s clash with the Springboks o
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