Wellington - Taranaki and New Zealand centre Charlie Ngatai has been
ruled out for the rest of the year due to his on-going problems with
The Chiefs back, who has been making positive steps in his
comeback, reportedly took part in moderated training with Taranaki this season.
But that is the furthest he's progressed so a decision has
been made to put his return on hold until 2017, with Ngatai accepting the
"Although it has been frustrating not to be out there
with the boys this season, I know the best thing for my recovery is to take the
time to make sure I am 100 percent right so that I can look forward to many
more years on the rugby field," he told Radio NZ on Thursday.
"I'm grateful for all the support I've received from
the Port Taranaki Bulls management, players and the Union and I wish the Naki
boys all the best for the rest of the season. I can't wait to get back out
there next year."
Taranaki head coach Colin Cooper added: "While I
appreciate it's been frustrating for Charlie not being able to play for us this
season you would never know it, as he has continued to immerse himself fully in
our environment and give as much as he can to help his team-mates.
"Charlie is a highly intelligent and determined rugby
player who has a massive future ahead of him, with the All Blacks, Maori All
Blacks, New Zealand Lions Series, Super Rugby and Mitre 10 Cup to look forward
to in 2017 alone. We wish him all the best for his on-going recovery and will
continue to support him as he works towards taking the field again in the near