Hand in­jury will keep Ioane out

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

Welling­ton – All Blacks and Blues winger Rieko Ioane will be side­lined for sev­eral weeks af­ter frac­tur­ing a bone in his hand in the Su­per Rugby sea­son-opener against the Chiefs last week­end.

Hooker Ray Niuia has been ruled out for the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous knee in­jury. The Blues took a 19-5 lead on the back of two Ioane tries only to lose 37-29.

Prop Alex Hodg­man (calf), is an­other front-rower who will miss Satur­day’s sec­ond-round match against the Waratahs.

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