Kieran Read was absolutely robbed. There is no other way to say it. Not only was he the best 6 in the country this year, but he made like what 23 tackles in the super 14 final?! Why wouldn't you select a player who does it all and steps up in the clutch when it all matters? I don't get it at all.
To be fully honest, this is the weakest All Black line up put out in a long, long time. [/b]
1998 was worse.
And with Read it came down between Kaino and Read - Kaino probably got the nod because he is better in the line out, has played at the level in the past and has been in form for the last 2 years. Kaino also offers more in the line out.