Rugby Championship

Ioane blow for All Blacks

2017-11-19 22:04
Rieko Ioane (Getty)

Cape Town - All 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 Wales.

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 the contest.

"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 Scots.

"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."

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