Nehe Milner-Skudder was the story of 2015. The flying winger was simply immense as the Hurricanes went all the way to the Super Rugby final. He did not stop there, and excelled in his maiden season with the All-Blacks, helping them to the World Cup in England.
While many predicted that NMS would push on again in 2016, he has been rocked today with the news that he will need surgery on his shoulder. This means that his Super Rugby season is over, and All-Blacks head coach Steve Hansen will be sweating on his winger’s fitness ahead of Wales’ tour of New Zealand in June.
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd spoke to the Super Rugby website about the loss.
“Losing Nehe is a blow and obviously disappointing for him, but we’re really lucky in that we have a lot of depth in the outside backs and when you can bring a 53-test All Black like Cory Jane into the team you aren’t going too bad.
“We’ve been a little unlucky with our hookers so far this season with injuries, so it’s great to have Dane Coles back on the park. He’s our leader, he’s a guy who the team looks to for direction and he’s itching to play.”
The Hurricanes somewhat recovered from a heavy defeat to the Brumbies on the opening day of the season, and recorded a 23-19 victory over the Blues last weekend.
Nonetheless, Nehe Milner-Skudder’s injury comes as a major blow to the Kiwi franchise.
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