Whitelock to miss France Tests
Wellington - Lock Sam Whitelock has been ruled out of New Zealand's three-Test series against France next month because of a broken finger.
Whitelock was hurt during the Super Rugby match on Friday between his Crusaders side and the Hamilton-based Chiefs. He is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.
The loss of Whitelock comes at a bad time for the All Blacks, following only days after veteran lock Ali Williams announced his retirement from international rugby.
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Luke Romano and Brodie Retallick are now expected to lock the All Blacks' scrum against France, while 22-year-old Dominic Bird might get his first taste of Test rugby from the bench.