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Blacks flyer Rieko Ioane has been ruled out of his side's penultimate
November international against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 19:15 SA time.
Ioane has made a storming start to his international career with his blistering pace notching up nine tries in 11 games.
However, just a month after returning to action having dislocated his
finger against Australia, it appears Ioane has now picked up a pretty
serious shoulder injury and will definitely miss the clash against
The 20-year-old made his debut against the Wales coach Warren Gatland
who was in charge of the British and Irish Lions and his battle with
All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen will be an intriguing side-note to
"It doesn't look like he's going to be right for Saturday," said
Hansen of his impressive wing who had another strong showing against the
"It's quite weak, so he's probably not going to be available."
And while Hansen admitted that Ioane would be sorely missed, he was
confident there were others more than capable of filling the void left
by the star speedster.
"He's a rookie and player of the year nominee for a reason. He's
played really, really well. But it's an exciting challenge for somebody
to have to step up and do that job.
"I've got plenty of faith in the bloke we're going to probably pick. He's going all right, so we'll see how he goes."