England v New Zealand, Twickenham, November 21
Read hopeful of All Black fireworks
November 16, 2009
Kieran Read of the All Blacks runs with the ball during a New Zealand All Blacks training session held at Perffermill fields November 05, 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kieran Read is set to return to the All Blacks starting line-up at Twickenham © Getty Images

All Black flanker Kieran Read is set to return to their starting XV against England on Saturday and the Cantabrian has admitted that the tourists want to put on a show.

So far the November Tests have rarely sparked in to life, outside of France's victory over the Springboks, and Read believes that the All Blacks must find the elusive balance of result and performance against Martin Johnson's misfiring England.

The All Blacks stuttered to victory over Italy with a second-string side at the San Siro on Saturday, regaining top sport in the IRB rankings along the way, and Read is hopeful for an entertaining game after some kick-fests in recent weeks.

"It's a Test match and you want to go out there and win it but definitely you want to put on a performance the fans are happy with," he said. "Rugby's a game that we play for the fans, but at the end of the day you've got to do what you can. It's something we strive to do. As the All Blacks we like to play an exciting brand of footy, but sometimes you can't always put out a performance like that.

"It's something we've talked about when we do get a lead if we can kick on with a try or a few more points then sometimes you might break a side and really kick on. It's about being patient with the ball and not looking too far ahead.

"With the amount of kicks coming into the game, you end up chasing a lot. As a forward you do a lot of running up and down the field which means you're not in the game as much. The chances you do get to run, if it doesn't come off then maybe you get penalised."

Read will likely be joined in the starting line-up on Saturday by fly-half Dan Carter, who is set to return from a one-week suspension. With Mike Delany having started in the No.10 jersey in Milan, Waikato fly-half Stephen Donald may be forced in to midfield.

"I'm doing little bits and pieces to improve the things I need to do at 12. Moving forward if (Delany) is there at the Chiefs, who knows, I could end up playing a bit of time there," Donald said. "It's certainly a bit different than 10 so I'll have to spend some time in the saddle and learn it a bit.

"It's an enjoyable role because you've got a bit more time and you're one further out. I'm probably pretty suited to it."

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