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    Milner-Skudder ruled out of Super Rugby

    2016-03-16 09:00

    Wellington - All Black wing Nehe Milner-Skudder will miss the Super Rugby season with a shoulder injury, the Hurricanes said on Wednesday, in a setback which also rules him out of New Zealand's Test series against Wales.

    Milner-Skudder, who enjoyed a breakthrough season last year, dislocated his shoulder in the Hurricanes' hard-fought victory over the Blues last Friday.

    Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said scans had confirmed the 25-year-old needed surgery, ending his Super Rugby campaign just three rounds into the competition.

    Boyd described Milner-Skudder's injury as "unfortunate" but said the Hurricanes had an able back-up in former Test wing Cory Jane.

    "Losing Nehe is a blow and obviously disappointing for him," he said.

    "But we're really lucky in that we have a lot of depth in the outside backs and when you can bring a 53-Test All Black like Cory Jane into the team you aren't going too bad."

    If Boyd's assessment is correct, Milner-Skudder will be sidelined until August, ruling him out of New Zealand's three-Test home series against Wales in June.

    The diminutive flyer displaced Jane in last year's Rugby World Cup squad and his injury means the veteran 33-year-old may figure in All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's calculations for the Wales series.

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