Wales flanker Sam Warburton to have neck surgery and miss All Blacks test
Wales veteran Sam Warburton will miss all of his country's end-of-year internationals - including one against the All Blacks - due to a neck injury.
The 28-year-old, 79-test flanker has been ruled out of for up to four months, with his Cardiff Blues club saying he will undergo surgery following a recurrence of a long-standing issue, having exacerbated the problem in training this week.
It's a major blow to the Welsh, who are the All Blacks' final opponents on a five-match, four-test, end-of-season tour, at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on November 26 (NZ time).
It continues an injury-dogged year for Warburton, who captained the British and Irish Lions to the 1-1 draw against New Zealand mid-year. Taking a knee injury into series, he then injured an ankle in the tour-opener, before eventually playing in all three tests.
In January Warburton was replaced by Alun Wyn Jones as captain of Wales, who face the Wallabies and Georgia before the All Blacks fixture, and the Springboks after.