In the past couple of weeks the Crusaders have started to look a lot more dangerous than they did earlier in the season. One of the principal reasons for this is they have started to use star No 8 Kieran Read the way the All Blacks do. In this Chalkboard column I'll explain: 1. What that role is and how it differs from traditional No 8 play, and 2. The way the Chiefs might look to counteract it tomorrow.
Ma'a Nonu has been ruled out of tonight's match against the Hurricanes in Wellington due to a calf injury.