Read returns to Super Rugby for Sunwolves match

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Radio Sport Staff,
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Rugby,
Publish Date
Friday, 14 April 2017, 7:12PM
All Blacks captain Kieran Read hasn't played in the Crusaders' first six games due to wrist surgery. (Getty)
All Blacks captain Kieran Read hasn't played in the Crusaders' first six games due to wrist surgery. (Getty)

Kieran Read will make his return to Super Rugby this evening.

The All Blacks captain hasn't played in the Crusaders' first six games due to wrist surgery, and will start tonight against the Sunwolves.

Despite playing just a half of club rugby since November, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says Read will be fine.

"He's a true Crusader and it's been a while - he's been training with us for a couple of months now," Robertson said.

"He's been really measured and he's keen."

The Crusaders believe they'll continue to reap the benefits from the system as they head into tonight's match, having already used 35 of their 38 man squad through six games.

Coach Scott Robertson says every player's performed when called upon.

"For us to get a little bit of momentum at the start and learn to come from behind and create wins from being in tough places has helped us and our character but look - we've had a bye, we start again and we want to get our momentum back straight away."

And tonight Wyatt Crockett will become the most capped player in Super Rugby history.

The All Blacks prop will run out in his 176th game for the Crusaders, breaking the mark he currently shares with Blues great Keven Mealamu.

Crockett says the physical demands of rugby are offset by being surrounded by a great group of people.

"That mental side of it is looked after by the fact that it's a great team to be a part of and I love turning up to work every day and that makes it pretty easy."

Kick off from Christchurch is at 7.35pm.

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