All Blacks 3 out of France clash

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Paris: Ben Smith, Sam Cane and Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu have been ruled out of the All Blacks’ final match of their north­ern tour in Paris, France next Sun­day. Full­back Smith and flanker Cane were in­jured in the All Blacks’ 21-9 win over Ire­land on Sun­day morn­ing. Smith suf­fered a com­pound frac­ture of a fin­ger, leav­ing the field late in the game. Cane sprained his an­kle in the first half, also hav­ing to be re­placed. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Tuip­u­lotu has had to re­turn to New Zealand be­cause of “per­sonal rea­sons” and would not elab­o­rate on what that in­volved. Smith would not travel home im­me­di­ately be­cause there is a risk of in­fec­tion. He will stay with the squad un­til they com­plete the tour. No re­place­ments will be brought into the squad. Smith can be re­placed by Is­rael Dagg, if he is asked to shift off the right wing. Ardie Savea or Matt Todd are op­tions to start in Cane’s po­si­tion. Hansen, speak­ing be­fore the squad flew to Paris, said he had re­viewed the tape of the match in Dublin and would speak to cen­tre Malakai Fek­i­toa about his tack­ling tech­nique af­ter he floored Si­mon Zebo with a high shot and was yel­low carded.- Rugby Heaven

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