All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Moods has had an x-ray which has revealed a fracture in his left thumb. He doesn’t need surgery but will be in a cast for six weeks and, unfortunately, will miss the rest of the Investec Rugby Championship. The good news is he’ll be back in time for the Northern Tour to Japan and Europe.”
Hansen said with Moody injured, fellow All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe would now cover the loosehead prop position, and so the selectors had opted to bring in a tighthead in Ta’avao.
“Angus had a big season for the Chiefs during the Investec Super Rugby season, was part of a very good Chiefs pack and has made big strides on the technical aspects of his position. We look forward to him joining the squad.”
The All Blacks squad will reassemble in Nelson on Sunday to prepare for the Investec Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on Saturday 8 September.
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