New Zealand suffered a massive injury blow during their 16-16 draw with South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, losing lock Brodie Retallick to a dislocated shoulder
The All Black talisman left the field midway through the second half clutching his shoulder and looking in visible pain following a clearout at a ruck by Springbok lock RG Snyman.
Speaking after the game head coach Steve Hansen confirmed that Retallick had dislocated his shoulder and with the World Cup on the horizon, doubt has understandably been cast over the 28-year old’s participation in Japan.
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Losing Retallick would be a massive blow for the All Blacks and with the lock on the way to hospital, it is likely that we will know the full extent of his injury later today.
His partnership with Sam Whitelock has been massive for Steve Hansen’s men who are the understandable favourites heading into the upcoming World Cup.
New Zealand’s misery was compounded in Wellington when after the loss of Retallick they conceded a late try to Springboks scrum-half Herschel Jantjie as South Africa came away with a draw.