Sam Cane set to return after broken neck
Cape Town - All Blacks and Chiefs flank Sam Cane is set to
make his long-awaited comeback from a broken neck a week earlier than
Cane sustained a fractured vertebrae in his neck during New
Zealand’s Rugby Championship encounter against South Africa at Loftus
Versfeld in Pretoria last October.
He was expected to make his comeback against the Reds in Hamilton on
May 24, but Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper revealed that the 27-year-old
could make his return to action against the Blues at Eden Park on
“Sam’s going really well and could be this week or next week,” Cooper told the Stuff website.
News of Cane’s possible return is a shot in the arm for the Chiefs
after they lost the services of fellow back-rower Taleni Seu for the rest
of the season due to a dislocated shoulder sustained in last Saturday’s
narrow 29-23 victory over the Sharks in Hamilton.
The Chiefs are also sweating on the fitness of another loose forward,
Lachlan Boshier, who suffered a back injury in the 31-31 draw with the
Highlanders in Dunedin in Round 12.