Retirement or overseas rugby for Kieran Read

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read has revealed that he will retire from international rugby union following next year’s World Cup in Japan.

The 33-year-old, who was named skipper in 2016 and has won two Webb Ellis trophies to date, will be keen to sign off with a third in 2019.

Read revealed that the prospect of taking up club rugby abroad was one that interested him as he admitted playing on home soil is unlikely.

“So for me I think it probably won’t be in New Zealand,” said the influential Read, who plays number eight for the Crusaders in Super Rugby.

“We have always thought as a family that we would like to go overseas and use that experience for the kids. That is probably the main option at the moment.

“(Retirement) is an option as well,” he continued. “There are plenty of options out there but I probably want to keep playing if I can. It is the experience for the kids that will be the main thing and it has to work for us as a family.

“I hope to have (plans) wrapped up before the start of (next) season because then you can give 100 per cent because you know what you will be doing.”