All Blacks' McKenzie to miss World Cup with ACL injury

Chiefs utility Damian Mc Kenzie limps off the field against the Blues in Hamilton on Saturday night

MICHAEL BRADLEY GETTY IMAGESChiefs utility Damian Mc Kenzie limps off the field against the Blues in Hamilton on Saturday night

Chiefs fullback Damian Mckenzie is set to miss the World Cup in Japan later this year after he ruptured his ACL during the recently concluded Super Rugby clash against Chiefs that was played at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday. McKenzie's injury may open the way for David Havili or his Crusaders teammate Will Jordan who have both been in good form this season.

"Yeah he's he's done an ACL, so looks like he could be out for eight to nine months, which is a real shame for him", Hansen said.

His fellow All Blacks Brodie Retallick and Nathan Harris also took severe knocks in the Chiefs' 33-29 victory but their injuries were said to be not serious.

'His World Cup opportunity's gone but he's still young enough to make probably the next two. "He's just got to show us he's got the ability to do that on a weekly basis at Super level, then we have to make decisions".

At least nine All Blacks are now on the injured list and Hansen said the news about two of his senior players - midfielder Sonny Bill Williams and flanker Sam Cane - was promising. Two weeks ago Ireland lost Dan Leavy to a significant knee injury, after Leinster's Heineken Champions Cup quarter final win against Ulster.

Cane has this month resumed light contact training after breaking in his neck in the All Blacks' Test against South Africa in Pretoria last October.

"None of us knew what he would be like when he came back".

Other All Blacks now out of Super Rugby because of injury include Owen Franks, Aaron Smith, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock, Codie Taylor, Waisake Naholo and George Bridge.

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