Veteran Taranaki hooker Laurence Corlett has been hospitalised because of a leg infection and is in serious doubt for Saturday's Ranfurly Shield defence against Canterbury.
Corlett was admitted to Taranaki Base Hospital on Saturday after being a late scratching from Taranaki's 22-6 Shield win over Hawke's Bay on Friday night. He was replaced by Timo Tutavaha while prop Carl Carmichael was drafted on to the bench.
"He's on a drip and he reckons he will be in for a couple of days as they fight the infection," Taranaki manager Shane McDonald said.
The Taranaki camp were unsure how Corlett picked up the infection.
However, there was better news for Taranaki coach Colin Cooper, with flanker Kane Barrett recovering from a bout of the flu that forced him out late from the Hawke's Bay match.
It was the second game Barrett had missed after he sat out Taranaki's win over Bay of Plenty in round one of the NPC because of a separate virus.
McDonald reported there were no injury concerns for Taranaki from the Hawke's Bay match.
Star playmaker Beauden Barrett is set to miss his second Shield match in a row after Dan Carter was ruled out of Saturday's Rugby Championship match against South Africa to allow him more time to recover from a calf injury he sustained in the lead-up to the weekend's match against Argentina.
Barrett was called on as a late substitute for Aaron Cruden after 75 minutes in the match, won 21-5 by the All Blacks.
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