Rugby

All Black Retallick a doubt for opener against France

2018-06-03 12:37
Brodie Retallick (Getty)

Wellington - All Black coach Steve Hansen is sweating on the fitness of lock Brodie Retallick ahead of next weekend's first Test against France in Auckland.

The Chiefs second rower went off injured during Saturday's loss to Crusaders and Hansen confirmed he had hurt his pectoral muscle.

He said it was too early to know how long Retallick will be sidelined.

"It is a worry because that injury short term is probably a couple of weeks (out), long term he could be out for the whole season," Hansen told Radio Sport on Sunday.

"Until we get some imagery and get him in front of our medical crew we won't have too much of an idea."

Retallick's absence would be a huge blow for the All Blacks, with the 27-year-old currently displaying the form that saw him named World Rugby Player of the Year in 2014.

New Zealand's series against France begins in Auckland on June 9, the second Test is in Wellington a week later with the third and final encounter in Dunedin on June 23.

 

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
Vote

With the Springboks 2-0 up in their three-Test series against England, how do see the final Test at Newlands panning out?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.