The clock is ticking on the British and Irish Lions’ arrival in New Zealand to face the All Blacks in a three-Test series this summer.
As is the nature of the sport, we can expect a few changes here and there in the build up to the series with plenty of domestic action still to come throughout May.
However, the All Blacks face a serious problem now as they could be left without the services of their captain after it was revealed Kieran Read is to undergo surgery on a broken thumb.
According to Sarugbymag.co.za, the 31-year-old suffered the injury while playing for Crusaders versus the Cheetahs.
This means the influential All Black could be laid up for as many as six weeks. With the first Test against the Lions taking place at Eden Park on June 24 this leaves the All Blacks veteran with just eight weeks to get himself right.
While there is every chance he will be okay to play by then, it is still a concern Steve Hansen could do without in the build up to the opening game of the series.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena