Doubt has been cast on Brodie Retallick’s Rugby World Cup participation after he appeared to suffer a nasty shoulder during New Zealand’s Rugby Championship match with South Africa in Wellington.
The All Blacks and the Springboks drew the match 16 – 16 in front a sold-out Westpac Stadium, but the potential loss of the secondrow will be riding high in Steve Hansen’s thoughts.
Retallick was left clutching his shoulder after a clearout at a ruck by Springbok lock RG Snyman in the 60th minute.
The Chiefs lock – clearly in a significant amount of pain – was attended to by medics but was soon removed from the field before being replaced by hooker Dane Coles.
— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) July 27, 2019
Another game of ruck roulette sees Brodie Retallick go off clutching his arm/shoulder – nightmare scenario if World Cup in doubt for such a pivotal player
— Alan Dymock (@AlanDymock) July 27, 2019
Whatever your loyalties, Retallick missing the world cup would be disappointing.
You want the best players at a show piece event.
— thedeadballarea (@thedeadballarea) July 27, 2019
Nasty looking injury for Brodie Retallick in the All Blacks v SA test. The ruck he got injured in had 7 players in. 6, arguably 7 were on the floor before reticl was taken out from the side. ???? pic.twitter.com/n0pxRj006N
— Ben Ryan (@benjaminryan) July 27, 2019
Retallick was playing his 200th first-class match.
His loss would represent a massive blow for the All Blacks going into the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
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 been a powerhouse player ever since making his professional debut as a 21-year-old in 2012.
He played his 75th Test in the last game of 2018 and was one of a number of recent leading players who have committed long-term to New Zealand Rugby.
In 2018 former England fullback Ben Foden shocked the rugby world when he confirmed a switch to the newly formed Rugby United New York and Major League Rugby, America’s latest professional rugby venture.
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