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SportAll Blacks' McKenzie to miss World Cup with ACL injury

07:55  15 april  2019
07:55  15 april  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The 56-cap midfielder ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament against Everton last month. England vice-captain Jordan Nobbs has been ruled out of the 2019 World Cup after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in Arsenal’s FA Women’s Super League victory over Everton last month.

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil defender Dani Alves will miss the World Cup because of the knee injury sustained against Les Herbiers.

All Blacks' McKenzie to miss World Cup with ACL injury © Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Autumn Internationals - England v New Zealand

New Zealand utility back Damian McKenzie has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has said.

McKenzie sustained the injury early in the second half of the Waikato Chiefs' 33-29 Super Rugby win over Auckland Blues on Saturday.

McKenzie has 23 test caps for New Zealand, who begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Yokohama on Sept. 21.

"He's done an ACL and looks to be out for eight to nine months which is a real shame for him," Hansen said.

"His World Cup opportunity's gone but he's still young enough to make probably the next two. It's just important he gets his knee right and takes the time to be able to come back and achieve the dreams that he wants to achieve.

"It's sad for him obviously. It creates another opportunity for someone else. We've got to expect injuries and there will be more than just him I'd say."

Comment: Why future Wallabies players are being coached by former All Blacks.
A former international rugby coach says Australian Rugby needs to do more to support future Wallabies players at the school-age level. Auckland Rugby Academy Manager Brent Semmons, and former player with the New Zealand Maori, was in Australia to take part in a coaching camp for some of regional Queensland's best young players in Rockhampton. He said the students have been some of the most 'coachable' he's had in his years of running clinics worldwide. "Everything we've done is new to them, so they have not had this opportunity from other sources from within Australia," he said.

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