Rugby All Blacks confident captain Read will be fit to face England

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Kieran Read has made 125 appearances for New Zealand
Rugby World Cup semi-final: England v New Zealand
Venue:International Stadium, YokohamaDate:Saturday, 26 OctoberKick-off:09:00 BST
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen is “100% confident” captain Kieran Read will be fit for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final against England after the back row missed training on Tuesday.

Read has a tight calf and so rode a bike in the gym instead of training in the Tokyo rain.

The 33-year-old is aiming to win his third World Cup after leading the All Blacks to an emphatic 46-14 victory against Ireland in the quarter-finals.

“There’s no issue,” said Hansen.

“We just weren’t prepared to put him on a wet track today.”

Tournament favourites New Zealand powered past their pool-stage opponents with ease, beating second-favourites South Africa 23-13 in their opening game.

The All Blacks scored seven tries against Ireland on Saturday, including on

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