Wednesday 22 May 2019

All Blacks' McKenzie ruled out of World Cup

New Zealand's Damian McKenzie. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's Damian McKenzie. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

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Defending champions New Zealand have been dealt a significant blow as utility back Damian McKenzie has been ruled out for the World Cup after he ruptured his ACL playing for the Chiefs on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who can play at out-half or full-back, was set to play a key role for Steve Hansen's side.

"It looks like he could be out for eight to nine months, which is a real shame for him," Hansen said. "His World Cup opportunity is gone [but] he'll still be young enough to make probably the next two."

Elsewhere, Wales out-half Gareth Anscombe will move from Cardiff Blues to the Ospreys at the end of the season.

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