Another massive injury blow for All Blacks
New Zealand loose forward Ardie Savea will be sidelined for up to two months after suffering a knee injury in the Hurricanes’ bruising defeat to the Crusaders in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
His injury follows the news that All Black captain Sam Cane had undergone surgery to repair his torn pectoral tendon and could be out of action for half a year – after picking up the injury to his right pectoral in a win over the Blues on March 27.
The Hurricanes captain, Savea, said on social media on Tuesday he had torn a medial ligament in his left knee during the Crusaders match but hoped to be recovered for the All Blacks’ July Tests against Italy and Fiji.
“Unfortunately on the weekend I did my MCL [medial collateral ligament],” Savea said, adding: “That’s going to take me out for six to eight weeks.
“Unfortunately I’m going to miss some footy over that time, but it’s all good.
“Like life you get knocked down but you just gotta keep moving forward.”
The injury rules out Savea from the remainder of Super Rugby Aotearoa and at least part of the May 14 to June 19 Trans-Tasman competition which includes Australia’s Super Rugby teams.
— ardie savea (@ardiesavea) April 13, 2021