All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that Brodie Retallick has dislocated his shoulder.
Retallick was left in agony after he was cleared out of a ruck in the 60th minute of the All Blacks’ Wellington Test against the Springboks.
Hansen has now confirmed the worst, that the lock has dislocated his shoulder, casting huge doubt over his participation at the Rugby World Cup.
“He has dislocated his shoulder and is on the way to hospital,” Hansen told reporters at the post-match press conference.
Retallick was playing his 200th first-class match.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) July 27, 2019
A Rugby World Cup 2015 winner and the New Zealand and World Player of The Year in 2014, 28-year-old Retallick is now into his eighth season of professional rugby and has been a powerhouse player ever since making his professional debut as a 21-year-old in 2012.
Reserve half-back Herschel Jantjes was the hero for the visitors at the end of Saturday’s absorbing Rugby Championship encounter, latching onto a Cheslin Kolbe chip and juggling before crossing with 50 seconds remaining.
It completed a brilliant week for Jantjes, who scored twice on debut in last weekend’s 35-17 defeat of Australia in Johannesburg. Five-eighth Handre Pollard slotted the pressure conversion to cement the third draw between the great rivals.
The All Blacks dominated the second half but paid for a lack of concentration as South Africa found late resolve, just as they did 10 months ago in the 36-34 win at the same venue. By comparison, this was a grim spectacle dominated by punishing defences and high error counts.
– RugbyPass/additional reporting AAP
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