Massive Blow For The All Blacks As Star Player Picks Up Injury Ahead Of Lions Tour

This could be huge.

The All Blacks could without their captain Kieran Read for this summer’s series with the British & Irish Lions after the back row suffered a broken thumb.

Read left the field just before half-time during the Canterbury Crusaders’ 48-21 victory over the Central Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The number eight, who has been capped 97 times by the All Blacks, underwent surgery in a South African hospital. The Crusaders issued a statement saying it usually takes six weeks to recover from such an operation. The first Test against the Lions is eight weeks away in Auckland on 24 June.

Steven Hansen could also be without Jerome Kaino for the tour who is also recovering from surgery.

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