28 Sep 2011

All Black Read itching to go against Canada

8:33 am on 28 September 2011

New Zealand number eight Kieran Read is itching to begin his rugby World Cup campaign in the All Blacks final Pool A match against Canada this Sunday.

The influential loose forward has missed the All Blacks opening three wins against Tonga, Japan and France after suffering an ankle sprain against Australia in the final Tri-Nations match last month.

But Read is back in training, if not quite fully fit, and he'll be available for selection this week.

The 25-year-old says it's been tough watching but is hopeful he'll be playing on Sunday.