25 Mar 2013

Carter and Read to miss Crusaders tour of South Africa

11:00 am on 25 March 2013

The Crusaders will be without both Dan Carter and Kieran Read for their Super Rugby trip to South Africa.

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has confirmed that Carter will stay home for the birth of his first child, while Read has been ruled out through injury.

Read suffered a foot injury in the win over the Kings on Saturday night and is expected to be out of the game for at least four weeks.

The Crusaders play the Stormers and Sharks in South Africa before taking on the Western Force in Perth on the way home.

Jordan Taufua replaces Read in the squad with George Whitelock taking over the captaincy.