Brodie Retallick Read to lead All Blacks for last time in bronze game v Wales

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TOKYO (AP) — Kieran Read, Sonny Bill Williams and Ben Smith will get their farewell tests in All Blacks jerseys in a reshuffled New Zealand squad to play Wales in the third-place playoff at the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks were on track for a third consecutive title until a semifinal loss last weekend to England relegated them to the bronze match on Friday.

Read, who will be playing his 127th and last test, will lead the All Blacks for the 52nd time, second only to Richie McCaw.

“Everyone wanted to play,” said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen, who will be in charge of the All Blacks for the last time. “There’s been a lot of external talk around this being the game that no one wants to play. However, from our point of view, we can’t wait to play it.”

Hansen said all his

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