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All Blacks adopt philosophical approach to losing captain Read against Wales

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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has adopted a philosophical approach to losing captain Kieran Read for Saturday's clash against Wales in Cardiff.

The number eight, who has won more than 100 caps, is sidelined by a back injury, Hansen said on Thursday.

Read is replaced in the back row by Luke Whitelock, with his brother and lock Sam Whitelock skippering the side for the first time.

He hurt his back today, so he is unavailable. He is resting up in his bedroom. Kieran is like everyone else. If you are not available, it is an opportunity for someone else.

While it is disappointing to lose your leader and a guy who has played 100-odd Test matches, you can't do anything about it so there is no point getting all emotional about it.

Sam is a successful captain. He has been a leader in our group for quite some time now.

– Steve Hansen, Heac Coach, New Zealand