All Blacks all in­jured

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

NEW Zealand’s plans to reshuf­fle their lineup af­ter wrap­ping up the Rugby Cham­pi­onship may be forced rather than man­u­fac­tured be­cause of a mount­ing in­jury toll.

Aaron Cru­den (groin) and Sam Cane (ham­string) have al­ready been ruled out of the se­ries while there is a ques­tion mark over Jerome Kaino.

Kaino dam­aged his left shoul­der dur­ing the week­end’s 4113 vic­tory over South Africa in Christchurch and may miss the Septem­ber 23 flight to Ar­gentina for their next Rugby Cham­pi­onship match on Oc­to­ber 1.

The thump­ing win over the Spring­boks gave the All Blacks an unbeatable lead in the cham­pi­onship with their away matches against Ar­gentina and South Africa still to come.

Kaino was in­jured when he fell awk­wardly in a tackle, and as­sis­tant coach Ian Foster said yes­ter­day it would take a few days to know whether he would be fit to travel.

“He will be in a sling for a few days. We will make a de­ci­sion later in the week, about whether he comes,” Foster said.

“It is the sort of thing that comes right pretty quickly, but we just have to wait three or four days for it to set­tle down.”

Waisake Na­holo, who pulled a ham­string in the open­ing match against Aus­tralia, and Ge­orge Moala, who in­jured a knee dur­ing the June se­ries against Wales, are ex­pected to travel.

The All Blacks, with a rel­a­tively sta­ble line-up, have dom­i­nated the se­ries amass­ing 24 tries with bonus point wins in all four matches, prompt­ing head coach Steve Hansen to say it was time to give more play­ers in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Spring­boks coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee at­trib­uted the All Blacks’ dom­i­na­tion of the game to their con­stant for­ward plan­ning to have a suc­ces­sion line in place for any even­tu­al­ity.

Hansen said that pol­icy was not about to change as the world cham­pi­ons faced the daunt­ing prospect of seven Tests in seven coun­tries over an eight-week pe­riod. –

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