According to former Rugby World Cup captain Sam Warburton, Kieran Read is cut out to lead New Zealand to glory in Japan.
The All Blacks fell just short of 100 points in a merciless display in Hamilton, where New Zealand scored 14 tries on Saturday.
New Zealand atoned for defeat in Perth by thrashing Australia 36-0 in Auckland to retain the Bledisloe Cup, pleasing captain Kieran Read.
New Zealand fell to a stunning loss against Australia last time out, but All Blacks captain Kieran Read is confident they will bounce back.
Australia beat New Zealand 47-26 in the Rugby Championship and All Blacks captain Kieran Read pulled no punches in his assessment.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read says potentially losing world number one status is "not even part of our equation".
In his final game for the Crusaders, All Blacks star Kieran Read helped the Christchurch-based side to a third straight Super Rugby title.
The Sharks were leading the Super Rugby champions when the final hooter sounded, but Mitch Hunt's late intervention denied them.
Kieran Read's return to action was cut short on Friday, but neither Sam Whitelock nor Scott Robertson seemed too concerned by the injury.
The Crusaders have confirmed that Kieran Read will feature from the start in Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes.
Kieran Read has not played this year, but the New Zealand captain is set to come up against the Hurricanes at the Westpac Stadium.
A look back at the best facts and stats from Kieran Read's career, as he prepares to step down from New Zealand duty.
Kieran Read had been linked with Racing 92 and a Premiership switch, but said it was a "pretty straightforward" decision to move to Japan.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen says Kieran Read has enhanced the legacy of the All Blacks jersey in a "remarkable" career.
Kieran Read will head to Japan after the Rugby World Cup, ending his legendary career with New Zealand.
The Crusaders will not rush Kieran Read back in a Rugby World Cup year, meaning the All Blacks captain is facing another three weeks... Read more