Damian McKenzie to miss Rugby World Cup

Damian Mc Kenzie will miss the World Cup with a knee injury

Damian Mc Kenzie will miss the World Cup with a knee injury

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen announced that McKenzie injured his right knee during the Waikato Chiefs' 33-29 Super Rugby win over Auckland Blues on Saturday.

However, Hansen said an agreement with New Zealand Rugby and the five Kiwi Super Rugby franchises around the foundation days - another will be held in Auckland on May 20 for the North Island players and in Christchurch on June 3 for the South Islanders - meant only those involved with the All Blacks past year could be included.

Speaking to reporters a few minutes ago, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said it is a shame for McKenzie and the All Blacks but injuries do occur.

"His World Cup opportunity's gone but he's still young enough to make probably the next two. We've got to expect injuries and there will be more than just him I'd say". McKenzie's injury may open the way for David Havili or his Crusaders teammate Will Jordan who have both been in good form this season.

The utility back joins at least nine other All Blacks on an injury list headed by Sonny Bill Williams and Owen Franks.

He was pleased Sam Cane had resumed light training after breaking his neck on Test duty in South Africa last October and said the key for the 60-Test flanker was being confident in his ability to handle collisions. "It's not one you like but you have to swallow it", Hansen said.

Other All Blacks now out of Super Rugby because of injury include Owen Franks, Aaron Smith, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock, Codie Taylor, Waisake Naholo and George Bridge.

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