WELLINGTON: The All Blacks suffered another blow to their injury-marred midfield yesterday after Isaia Toeava was ruled out for the rest of the year with a stress fracture.
Toeava, 23, the third-choice outside centre for the All Blacks this year, produced his best international performance in the final Tri-Nations Test last week when New Zealand beat Australia 33-6.
A scan revealed that Toeava had played with a stress fracture in his pelvis at the back of the right hip joint, All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said. “Confirmation of the stress fracture means that he now needs up to three months rest from rugby,” she said.
Toeava earned his start in the number 13 jersey with Conrad Smith (hamstring) and Richard Kahui (shoulder), who were both sidelined by injury.
Kahui, like Toeava, will also be unavailable for the end of year northern tour, which includes Tests against Australia, Wales, Italy, England and France as well as a match against the Barbarians. — AFP