Brodie Retallick Makes All Blacks’ World Cup Squad But There’s A Catch
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Former World Player of the Year Brodie Retallick was named in New Zealand’s 31-man Rugby World Cup squad this morning despite being currently injured – but there’s a catch.
The powerful lock suffered a dislocated shoulder during the All Blacks’ draw with South Africa in the Rugby Championship last month, casting a doubt over his involvement in Japan.
No timeframe was put on his return, but Hansen opted to include him this morning regardless. And it turns out he won’t be ready to play until at least the quarter finals should New Zealand make it.
“His shoulder’s still sore,” said Hansen.
“We don’t expect him to play in the round-robin but we’re reasonably sure – no disrespect to anyone else in our pool – that we should make the quarter finals.
“At this point, we’ve rolled the dice to take him for that quarterfinal and we’ll see what happens from there.”
Basically even if Retallick only manages to play a game or two – he’s worth a spot in the squad. That’s how damn bloody good he is.