New Zealand's Damian McKenzie ruled out of World Cup with knee injury

Damian Mc Kenzie leaves the field.
Chiefs v Blues Super Rugby FMG Waikato Stadium

A two-time World Cup victor, his chances of adding a third appeared over when he left for France.

The Chiefs player suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while on club duty at the weekend against the Blues with All Blacks head coach, Steven Hansen, fearful that more of his squad could suffer injuries in the lead up to the World Cup due to the ferocity of the Super Rugby. "The rules are the rules and we're all playing by them".

"He's just being Ma'a, isn't he?"

"You get the subtle touches and the brutality".

Hansen said no one knew "what [Nonu] was going to come back like". I just like the fact he's been courageous enough to come back, and he'll be considered like everybody else. "We know there will be (more) injuries in the next two or three months so our whole planning now is based on what happens when this happens", All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster told Radio Sport.

"There are lot of good players in that position, so some good people are going to miss out".

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.

The late inclusion of Chiefs prop Moli, who is primarily a tighthead but can play loosehead too, could be an insurance against the loss of veteran Franks, who is in his final year with the side.

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen said it's "sad for him" but stressed he's probably young enough to make the next two World Cups as he gets set to turn 24 on Saturday.



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