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Former All Blacks captain announces retirement


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Kieran Reid, former All Blacks captain and two-time World Cup winner, has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

Reed took to social media to make this announcement before Toyota Verblitz lost to Panasonic’s Wild Knights from Ruby Deans in the semi-finals of the Japanese Super League.

“I look forward to going back to New Zealand and spending time with my family,” said the 35-year-old.

Reading is the third most capped All Blacks in history with 127 test appearances – 52 of them as captain.

The number 8 champion was a member of New Zealand World Cup winning teams in 2011 and 2015, and was named the best rugby player in the world in 2013.

Reid also won four Super Rugby titles with the New Zealand Crusaders.

In his All Blacks debut in 2008, Reid took over from Richie McCaw in 2016 and led the All Blacks to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup before ending his international career in 2020.

“Thank you, Rideau. We wish you all the best in your retirement from professional rugby,” read a post on the official All Blacks Twitter account.


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