All Black utility Damian McKenzie has been ruled out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup after suffering a knee injury playing for the Chiefs against the Blues at the weekend.
Mckenzie has been diagnosed with a tear of the ACL – a key ligament in the knee.
Speaking to reporters a few minutes ago, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said it is a shame for McKenzie and the All Blacks but injuries do occur.
“He’s still young enough to probably… make the next two (World Cups) so it creates another opportunity for somebody else.
“We’ve got to expect injuries and there’ll be more than just him, I suggest, by the time we finally name the team to go to the World Cup,” Hansen said.
The Chiefs fullback was helped from the field in the second half of the Chiefs’ win 33-29 over the Blues in Hamilton on Saturday.