All Blacks Star Fractures His Neck In Springboks Win

Silvia Morton
October 8, 2018

The injury means Sam Cane will not be available for selection when the All Blacks take on Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup fixture of the year, played in Japan on 27 October, and will also miss the year-end tour, where they are set to play Japan, England, Ireland and Italy.

The Springboks missed out on a famous double win over New Zealand losing 32-30 in a Rugby Championship clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Trainer Nic Gill will travel with the majority of the front-line squad to London on the Thursday.

"We hung in there, when they got a bit of momentum we were able to stymie it and come back".

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Hansen, however, will have plenty of opportunity to mull his choices with his decision to select an extended squad of players for their two tests in Japan before they head to Europe.

The 26-year-old Cane underwent surgery overnight in Johannesburg to stabilise the injury which will allow the fracture to heal of its own accord. "I think we learned some lessons in Wellington", he said of suffering a rare home loss to the Springboks. I could see the disappointment in the players especially but the one big positive is that it seems like the Springboks are becoming a real threat to the number one team that has been there for the last five to six years.

"It was really good at times, we will have to learn from this and go back and look at we need to do next time".

"We showed a tremendous amount of character to get up and win a game that most people would have written them off and said no, they can't do it".

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