Beauden Barrett Kieran Read reveals he tore his calf before All Blacks’ semifinal loss to England

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Wales’ Kiwi coach Wayne Pivac says he wasn’t surprised that Ian Foster beat Scott Robertson for the All Blacks job.

Kieran Read has revealed one of the many what-ifs of the All Blacks failed Rugby World Cup campaign: a calf injury the All Blacks brushed under the carpet before the loss to England in the semifinal.

The injury, which the former All Blacks captain picked up in the quarterfinal demolition of Ireland, prevented him from taking part in training during the buildup to the England clash and left the side down on leadership.

Beauden Barrett Kieran Read shows his disappointment after losing to England in the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

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Kieran Read shows his disappointment after losing to England in the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

“What if I had been able to train with the team that week instead of watching from the sideline?” Read wrote in his autobiography Straight Eight.

“What if I had been out there to offer a little more direction, or reassurance, or assistance?”

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Ultimately, Read took the field against England and made no excuses about the calf or the quality of England’s performance, which he described

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