All Blacks Star To Miss Rugby World Cup Following Serious Injury
All Blacks star Damien McKenzie will miss the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year after picking up a serious injury.
McKenzie tore his ACL while playing for the Chiefs against the Blues over the weekend and now faces around 8-9 months on the sidelines.
All Blacks boss Steve Hansen said it’s “sad for him” but stressed he’s probably young enough to make the next two World Cups as he gets set to turn 24 on Saturday.
“He’s still young enough to make probably the next two (World Cups),” said Hansen.
“It’s just important that he gets his knee right and takes the time to be able to come back and achieve the dreams that he wants to achieve.”
“It’s sad for him but obviously creates a dream for somebody else. You’ve got to expect injuries and there will be more than just him, I would suspect.”