Read – 2013 Rugby Player of the Year

December 4, 2013
Read to lead the All Blacks

Kieran Read is the toast of New Zealand rugby after being named IRB 2013 Player of the Year.

Along with Read, Steve Hansen was named coach of the year for a second consecutive year, and the All Blacks have taken team of the year for a fourth straight year.

The IRB’s annual award winners were announced today following a superb year for the All Blacks, with 14 wins from 14 test matches to remain unbeaten in 2013.

The awards may not end here for Read as the New Zealand Rugby Awards are in Auckland on Thursday night.

Read has been nominated for the Kel Tremain player of the year Award, Hansen has been nominated for coach of the year and the All Blacks are up for team of the year.

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About Chief Editor

My name is Shem Banbury. I am the owner and Chief Editor of Kiwi Kids News. By day I am a school teacher and by night a wannabe triathlete.


  1. Mitchell

    December 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

    It should of been Ben smith

  2. matalevai

    December 5, 2013 at 9:14 am


  3. TAWA

    December 4, 2013 at 11:25 am


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