Video: Tribute to Kieran Read

04th Dec 2013, 14:09

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Star quality: Kieran Read

Star quality: Kieran Read

All Blacks number eight Kieran Read was on Tuesday named the IRB Player of the Year. We take a look back at his exceptional season.

New Zealand number eight Kieran Read was on Tuesday named the IRB Player of the Year. We look back at the footage of his exceptional season.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a superb year in the heart of the All Blacks' pack and played no small part in ensuring his team had a perfect 2013.

Read is the third New Zealander to be named IRB Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of the likes of team-mates Dan Carter (2005 and 2012) and Richie McCaw (2006, 2009 and 2010).

He edged out Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Sergio Parisse (Italy) and Ben Smith (New Zealand) for the award in a closely fought contest during a year of spectacular performances on the international stage.