Rugby World Cup 2011

Kahui to miss Canada clash

2011-09-25 12:13
Richard Kahui (AP)

Auckland - All Blacks wing Richard Kahui will miss next week's final World Cup pool game against Canada after injuring his hamstring in the win against France, assistant coach Steve Hansen said Sunday.

Kahui, who was replaced by Colin Slade in the second half as New Zealand won 37-17, will sit out next Sunday's Pool A clash in Wellington as a precaution, Hansen said.

The 26-year-old wing was the All Blacks' main injury worry with Israel Dagg, Cory Jane and Adam Thomson all likely to shrug off minor knocks.

"Richard Kahui is unfortunately the bloke who probably won't play. Not a serious hamstring but as a precaution we'll probably not pick him. We'll give him the week off and make sure he's dead right," Hansen said.

Hansen had "pretty good news" on the other players with winger Jane apparently recovered from a head-knock and Dagg and Thomson also likely to be available next week despite a bruised thigh and rolled ankle respectively.


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