Kahui shoulders another layoff
Injury ends trying season
Richard Kahui’s injury curse continues. A shoulder injury has ended the centre’s rugby year prematurely and put a major cloud over his World Cup aspirations.
The Tokoroa All Black has made just 11 test appearances since he made an exciting internatonal debut in 2008.
The 25-year-old missed the 2009 international season while he underwent reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder.
He had hoped to have left his shoulder problems behind him this year when he finally shook off a rib cartilage injury to play his way into the All Blacks mix through the June tests.
But, in the Tri-Nations opener against the Springboks in Auckland, Kahui suffered a small fracture of his right shoulder socket and then reinjured the area playing for Waikato against North Harbour earlier this month.
Kahui underwent an arthroscopy which confirmed surgery was required.
All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said the procedure confirmed the fracture was healing well but Kahui had suffered a partial tear to his rotator cuff (the tendons that act to stabilise the shoulder) as well as minor cartilage damage, so had further surgery to repair those injuries.
‘‘It’s a real blow for Richard who had been recovering well from the earlier injury but it’s in his best interests to get the shoulder fixed now,’’ Dr Robinson said.
Dr Robinson confirmed Kahui won’t play again this year and thus was out for the end-of-year tour but she said he should be available for next year’s Super Rugby competition.
That leaves Kahui with a massive task in front of him to break into the All Blacks squad for next year’s World Cup.
With a logjam of midfield contenders, the Waikato man, who covers both midfield spots and wing, will probably need a standout Super Rugby campaign to leapfrog his rivals.
What he does have is the backing of the national coaches who value his abilities, big-game composure and his ability to cover several positions.
But they, like his many fans, will be getting frustrated by the injuries that continue to keep this talented performer off the paddock. – Stuff.co.nz
OUT AGAIN: The rare sight of Richard Kahui in a Waikato jersey will not be seen again this season.