Brodie Retallick New Zealand captain Kieran Read looks forward to starting new chapter in Top League

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All Blacks captain Kieran Read closed his test career at the Rugby World Cup on Friday, but said he is looking forward to opening a new chapter of his career in Japan, after spending more than six weeks in the country.

Read played his final match in the All Blacks jersey in the team’s 40-17 win over Wales in the bronze-medal match in Tokyo, and will join the Toyota Verblitz in Japan’s Top League next season.

“I’ve made some very special memories over here in Japan. It’s been a great two months, I think from the first time I set foot on Japan, I received so much support from the Japanese people,” he said after the match at Tokyo Stadium (Ajinomoto Stadium).

“So for me, the memories I will take is the support we have got and it has been absolutely fantastic,” Read said. “I’m really looking forward to coming back here and hope this game in Japan grows.”

Read, who turned 34 during the tournament, led the haka in his 52nd appearance as skipper and played the entire 80 minutes in front of a vocal crowd.

“It’s going to be a different chapter in my rugby career. It is exciting, something different,” he said earlier this week. “As a r

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