Beauden Barrett's chance of starting his first All Blacks test at first five-eighth has been stalled after the results of a scan on his injured calf returned this morning.
Barrett would have started the second test against Australia in Wellington on Saturday after it was revealed Aaron Cruden will miss between two and six weeks with a knee injury.
Unfortunately, the young Taranaki player's own scan revealed a calf strain which is likely to keep him out until the test with Argentina in Hamilton on September 7.
Colin Slade is expected to start for the All Blacks in Wellington in the No 10 jersey.
The news was worse for All Blacks lock Luke Romano.
Romano has torn his right adductor tendon and is not expected to be available until the All Blacks European tour in November.
"It's obviously hugely disappointing for Luke but he is a strong character and is already planning his rehab with our medical staff,'' All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said this morning.
''We hopefully will have Beauden ready to prepare for the Argentina test, while Aaron will start his knee rehabilitation later this week, which will give us a better indication of when he will be back playing.
"It's an exciting time for the replacement players Tom Taylor and Colin Slade and it's also a challenge now for the rest of the team to make their entry into the side as seamless as possible."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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