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All Blacks lose two ahead of Wales clash

By Jack Davies

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Rieko Ioane and Luke Romano have been ruled out of New Zealand’s final Test of the year against Wales on Saturday.


Wing Ioane – nominated for World Rugby’s Player of the Year award last week – played the full 80 minutes as the All Blacks edged Scotland 22-17 at Murrayfield on Saturday.

However, a shoulder issue will see him miss next weekend’s trip to Cardiff, while lock Romano, who was replaced early in the second half in Edinburgh, has a foot injury.

Wales, meanwhile, could be without influential back Liam Williams, who was withdrawn just short of the hour mark in a 13-6 victory over Georgia.

Williams was the only man to start against Georgia who had also been part of the XV against Australia a week earlier.

“I’m not sure about Liam Williams,” coach Warren Gatland said of Williams. “He is hobbling around.”

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All Blacks lose two ahead of Wales clash