Kieran Read has been named New Zealand Player of the Year.
The Crusaders and All Blacks loose forward was a surprising victor ahead of Richie McCaw. Reid has enjoyed a consistently good season, but McCaw, who won the IRB Player of the Year title earlier this month, was favourite for the country’s top prize.
The New Zealand Rugby Union described Read as ‘a rock at the back of the scrum’. Blues halfback Alby Mathewson was named Super 14 Player of the Year.