Rugby World Cup 2019: Proud family celebrate Kieran Read's last week as All Blacks skipper

Terry and Marilyn Read are collecting All Blacks test match tickets from son Kieran for the last time

After the semi-final loss to England, this has been an emotional week for the family, as the All Blacks captain prepares for his final test.

"It's a tough gig, I suppose," says dad Terry.

"We are just really proud of the way he stood up and we felt his pain," insists mum Marilyn.. 

But they aren't the only mentors who've been there for Read throughout his great All Blacks careers.

Coach Steve Hansen's also been a constant.

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"He's a special player," he says. "I've been lucky enough to work with him for a long, long time. 

"We identified early he would be the one who took over the leadership from Richie."

They've developed a deep bond.

"He's been there from the start," says Read. "He was there when I first came in and pushed me to better myself as a player." 

Read's ability to develop relationships sets him apart. 

Winger Rieko Ioane says Read is the greatest captain he's had, because of his relatability.

"[He's] able to fit into any circle, not just older or younger players," says Ioane. "He has a great mix.

"He can be hard when he needs to be hard and open when he needs to be open. He's been awesome."

For now, the 34 year old will savour his 52nd and last game as All Blacks captain.

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"I've loved every minute that I've had, so post the game, I thought I might as well enjoy my time," he says. "It's my last week."

And so will Read's family.

"We've just thoroughly enjoyed the ride," says Marilyn. "He's given us lots of pleasure... and so many other people have got the pleasure as well."

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