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Read: All Blacks wary of Ireland's last hurdle

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Sportal.co.nz     22 Nov 2013     Getty Images

Last year's chance to achieve the feat was undone in the last game by England and that had created an awareness that they still needed more application.

Read told respected Irish Times rugby writer Gerry Thornley that the summer following the England loss had been tougher.

"As soon as you get home that's what people are talking about," Read said.

"But yeah, I think you can't really worry too much about what happened then.

"This is a new challenge for us. We've got to work hard and I think we learned a lot from what happened last year, so we'll make sure we don't make the same mistakes again," he said.

There was also the desire not to be in the All Blacks side who suffer the first loss to Ireland, something that was always at the back of the mind, he said.

As the side have continued their run of home successes through their European tour there has been a fascination with that makes the All Blacks so impressive. Read went some way to explaining.

"The All Blacks is bigger than just a game in New Zealand and certainly when you come in, there's rich tradition and a culture. So there's a lot to live up to.

"There's pressure there and expectations which is what you want and so it's just living up to those, and so I think it's ingrained in us to go out there and play well, and not only to win.

"It's just the way, I guess, we're brought through as players and probably as a nation." He said.

Thornley said New Zealand enjoyed an exclusive pantheon of great number eights with Brian Lochore, Wayne Shelford and Zinzan Brooke to the fore and Read was now entitled to sit at the table with them.

"Having scored nine tries in his first 48 tests with the All Blacks, this year he has scored six tries in 12 Tests. They're no ordinary tries either, but wonderful finishes such as his high one-handed take at full charge from Charles Piutau's offload in Paris.

"There have been wonderful try assists too, three in his last seven games, such as the one-handed underarm flick as three English players were driving him over the touchline for Julian Savea's opening try last week," Thornley said.

Read said he was enjoying the year and while he was playing some of his best rugby that was due to the way the team was playing and the fact the coaches encouraged him to play the way he has.