Kieran Read has all but confirmed he will be leaving New Zealand after 2019 RWC in Japan.
Read, who’s captained the All Blacks since 2016 now feels the time to leave is soon. He says in an interview with NZME that after the 2019 RWC in Japan, his journey with the national side will have met it’s end.
Read however does intend to take on international contracts overseas.
“So for me I think it probably won’t be in New Zealand. We have always thought as a family that we would like to go overseas and use that experience for the kids. That is probably the main option at the moment,” he said in an interview.
Wondering why the star would like to leave his strong national side, Read stated it’s always been his dream with his wife to move overseas. The couple would like to have their children live and study outside New Zealand and 2020 to Read is the year to make this dream happen. Read to the NZME says, an experience overseas to the children is the main option right now. He however would like to keep playing as long as he can hence taking on the international contracts. Read did mention retirement coming soon along the way as well.
With this decision made, Sam Whitelock who’s captained five times before in the absence of Read might be taking on the captain’s band after the departure of Read. Sam’s contract is also off after the 2019 RWC but to be renewed, so he most probably is going to be renewed as the new All Blacks captain.