Injury concern for ABs lock Brodie Retallick

17:10, Jun 13 2013
All Blacks vs France - First test
Kiwi and French fans enjoying the atmosphere at Eden Park before kick-off.
All Blacks vs France - First test
The French team stands to face the haka.
All Blacks vs France - First test
All Blacks captain Kieran Read takes a run at the French defence.
All Blacks vs France - First test
Prop Wyatt Crockett takes it on the full.
All Blacks vs France - First test
First five Aaron Cruden attempts a kick at goal for the All Blacks.
All Blacks vs France - First test
French captain Thierry Dusautoir in action at Eden Park.
All Blacks vs France - First test
Aaron Smith smiles as he cruises in for a try.
All Blacks v France - First test
Flanker Sam Cane goes in under the posts for the All Blacks.
All Blacks vs France - First test
Ma'a Nonu makes a break for the All Blacks.
All Blacks vs France - First test
All Blacks fans singing aloud at Eden Park during the clash with France.
Ben Smith
Ben Smith, who set up a counter-attack try for Aaron Smith late in the first half, cuts through the French defence.
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The French side huddle before kick-off in the first test against the All Blacks.
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All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith looks to force a turnover from French hooker Dimitri Szarzewski.
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The engine room of the All Blacks, the front row of (from left) Owen Franks, Dane Coles and Wyatt Crockett pack down, with Liam Messam on the side.

Lock Brodie Retallick has thrown a scare through the All Blacks camp after limping out of training today with a heavily iced upper left leg.

It's unclear how serious the injury is or whether it will jeopardise his place in the team to play France on Saturday.

However, it was notable that Sam Whitelock spent some time in the second row alongside Jeremy Thrush at the back end of an opposed training today.

Whitelock was not considered for the test due to a broken finger and is not scheduled to return until the third test in New Plymouth, but appeared untroubled during today's session.

If Retallick was to be ruled out, Whitelock may come into the squad.

Presumably reserve lock Thrush would be promoted to the starting XV to make his debut alongside Luke Romano, with Whitelock called up to the reserves.

Retallick's injury is believed to be a hamstring strain. It happened toward the end of an hour-long training session and he spent some time stretching with the team doctor before limping back to the changing rooms.


Brodie Retallick
CONCERN: Brodie Retallick limped off at training this afternoon.

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