Wellington - All Black prop Joe Moody will miss the rest of
the Rugby Championship after breaking his thumb in last weekend's win over
Australia, New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday.
Moody scored a try in the 40-12 victory as New Zealand
secured the Bledisloe Cup for the 16th straight year and stayed on track to
defend their Rugby Championship crown.
"Moods has had an x-ray which has revealed a fracture
in his left thumb," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.
"He doesn't need surgery but will be in a cast for six
Hansen said the 29-year-old should be fit for New Zealand's
tours to Japan and Europe in October-November.
He said Karl Tu'inukuafe would cover Moody's spot at
loosehead, with uncapped Angus Ta'avao of the Chiefs called into the
squad as backup for Owen Franks at tighthead.
"Angus had a big season for the Chiefs during the Super
Rugby season, was part of a very good Chiefs pack and has made big strides on
the technical aspects of his position," Hansen said.
The All Blacks next Rugby Championship fixture is against
Argentina in Nelson on September 8.