All Blacks captain signs on to play for Counties Manukau
After signing on to stay with New Zealand Rugby until the end of 2019, Kieran Read announced he will make the move to Auckland, signing with province Counties Manakau.
Making the announcement at his former high school Rosehill College in Papakura, south Auckland, Read said there was a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
"I love playing for the All Blacks and Crusaders, love playing alongside my teammates and love the respective cultures, so it was an easy decision for me to recommit to New Zealand Rugby," Read said.
"There are some pretty exciting things coming up over the next few years, especially the Rugby World Cup at the end of 2019, so I'm definitely looking forward to that.
But he was looking forward to coming home where his "heart lies".
"I grew up playing my rugby in Drury and remember going to the old Growers Stadium to watch Jonah Lomu and Joeli Vidiri carve up for Counties and I played age-grade rugby for the province.
"It was important for me to come full circle and sign with the province where it all started and hopefully give something back to the community I love."