Cruden out with broken thumb
Wellington - Chiefs' flyhalf Aaron Cruden will miss six to eight weeks
of Super 15 rugby after breaking his thumb in a dramatic draw with the
Central Cheetahs, the club said on Monday.
In a major dent to the
Chiefs' hopes of securing three titles in a row, the 25-year-old had an
X-ray following the 43-43 draw in Bloemfontein which confirmed his left
thumb was fractured.
The estimated recovery period also puts
Cruden in doubt for the opening match of New Zealand's three-Test series
against England, which begins on June 7 in Auckland.
regarded as the heir apparent to Dan Carter, who is currently
unavailable for the All Blacks as he enjoys a sabbatical designed to
extend his playing career through to next year's World Cup.
both Cruden and Carter are absent, the Wellington Hurricanes' Beauden
Barrett is regarded as the next most likely candidate to play pivot
against England, although he has only 16 Test caps, 14 of them from the