Read and Cane out of England clash

Injuries have forced No.8 Kieran Read and flank Sam Cane out of New Zealand’s opening Test against England, with wing Julian SaveaRugby Injury also in doubt.

Coach Steve Hansen said Read was suffering from concussion and would miss Saturday’s match in Auckland, while Cane was out for the entire three-Test series after scans showed he had a small knee fracture picked up in the Chiefs’ loss to the Waratahs on Saturday.

Hansen said Savea was undergoing tests on his knee to determine if he could play on Saturday.

He said Read, the reigning IRB World Player of the Year, was feeling the effects of two concussions which have sidelined him for much of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

“Kieran Read’s woken up not feeling the best so we’ve immediately withdrawn him, we’re not prepared to risk him playing,” Hansen told reporters.

He said the 28-year-old was frustrated at missing out but management were taking no chances with concussion.

“It’s our decision not his and we’re just progressing him day by day,” he said.

Steven Luatua has been brought into the All Blacks squad to replace Read, while Matt Todd was already with the group as cover for Cane.

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