Kieran Read is back training with the Crusaders.
The All Blacks captain and No 8 won't be available for Super Rugby prior to the test window in June, and isn't expected to play France when they tour New Zealand, but the sight of him in his footy gear was at least something to warm the soul as the Crusaders had a light run on a gloomy day in Christchurch yesterday.
Since undergoing surgery on his spine to alleviate pain in his leg in mid‑December, Read had previously worked behind closed doors to concentrate on his recovery.
32-year-old Read, has not played rugby since leading the All Blacks to a 22‑17 win over Scotland in Edinburgh in November.
Meanwhile the Crusaders will take on Blues at 7.35pm this Saturday.
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