The All Blacks flanker underwent surgery in Pretoria and faces at least three months on the sidelines after sustaining the injury in a dramatic 32-30 victory for the world champions.
Cane, capped 60 times by his country, is expected to make a full recovery but suggested it might have been a different story if his frame was less bulky in a social media post that showed him in a neck brace with his thumb up.
“A few things to be thankful for. Firstly, the circumference and strength of my neck, I may not be standing without it,” Cane posted.
— Sam Cane (@SamCane7) October 10, 2018
“Secondly, the world-class medical team I’ve had here in Pretoria, couldn’t have asked for anything more.
“Thirdly, from all the support I’ve received from family, friends, NZRU [New Zealand Rugby Union], SAR [South Africa Rugby] and all the messages from around the world.
“Really appreciate the messages it means a lot. Please accept this as personal acknowledgement and thanks. Onwards and upwards.”
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