Funny how the media can twist and turn things around when a team starts loosing. Reports in the media suggested that All Black captain, Keiran Read was ignoring midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown when he walked into the change room after the test against South Africa.
Some of the media then suggested that Read didn’t shake hands with Lienert-Brown because of an intercept pass thrown by the centre just after halftime which allowed the Springboks to extend their lead to 31-17 in Wellington before they held on for a famous 36-34 victory.
The footage that they are all on about was shot by All Black TV and shows Read walking into the changing room and shaking hands with Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett before walking past Lienert-Brown, who acknowledges Read. All three backs are sitting close to each other in the Westpac Stadium changing room.
Now I am not close to the team nor do I know Read personally but that seems totally out of character from the test veteran with 113 test matches behind his name.
All Blacks media manager Joe Locke tonight shot down the story, describing it as “fake news.”
Read, is known as a skipper who makes time for everyone, no matter their experience.