Tatafu Polota-Nau to miss first Bledisloe Cup test

Last updated 21:37 04/08/2014

Related Links

Waratahs complete Super Rugby fairytale Crusaders' favourite sons, own worst enemies Mixed emotions for old Crusader Daryl Gibson Knowler: For Crusaders coming second hurts Crusaders star Nemani Nadolo racially abused

Relevant offers

International

Paul Cully: Forget the phoney war, Wallabies are still favourites to beat England England brings former Wallaby Glen Ella into coaching staff South Africa's first gay rugby team reveal racy recruitment campaign Coach expects Wales' Sam Warburton to get over shoulder injury for the All Blacks Marlborough mezzo soprano Elin Tomos to sing Welsh national anthem at All Blacks vs Wales test matches Israel Folau says he won't be paying attention to Eddie Jones talk before England Test series New Wallabies jersey for 2016 international season unveiled in Sydney New Zealand under-20s beat Australia in first leg of two-match rugby series England's NZ-born captain Dylan Hartley struggling with concussion ahead of Australia tour Waratahs star Kurtley Beale just wants Wallabies starting spot despite debate

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has been ruled out of the Wallabies' Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks with a knee injury suffered in Saturday's Super Rugby final.

Polota-Nau underwent scans today and was found to have a low-grade medial crucial ligament strain. He limped from the field at halftime on Saturday night during the New South Wales Waratahs' 33-32 win over the Crusaders.

His injury compounds the Wallabies' front row problems because hooker and captain Stephen Moore has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Nathan Charles, who has played only two tests, will likely start in place of Polota-Nau against New Zealand at Sydney on August 16.

The All Blacks have won the Rugby Championships the last two years and are unbeaten in their last 17 tests.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the better Springboks lock?

Bakkies Botha

Victor Matfield

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content