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New Zealand number eight Kieran Read has been named the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year at the Steinlager Rugby Awards in Auckland to round off a memorable year for the Crusaders forward.

The 25-year-old scored six tries as he played in all 14 of the All Blacks' Tests during 2010, forming a formidable back-row triumvirate with captain Richie McCaw and Jerome Kaino as New Zealand won the Tri-Nations and completed a third Grand Slam tour of Britain and Ireland in six seasons.

He also excelled when handed the leadership duties by the Crusaders during the Super 14 and he eventually edged out McCaw, the IRB World Player of the Year, and lock Brad Thorn to scoop the top prize.

Wing Hosea Gear, who scored five tries in four Tests on New Zealand's end-of-year tour as well as scoring a hat-trick for the Maori against England in the summer, picked up the Maori Player of the Year Award, while scrum-half Alby Mathewson received the Super 14 Player of the Year gong.

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