Joe Moody out for eight weeks
All Blacks prop Joe Moody will not play for the Crusaders again this season.
Moody’s had ankle surgery after being injured in the team’s win over the Blues two weeks ago.
He will be out for eight weeks which means he will still be available for the All Blacks’ World Cup campaign in France in September.
Moody is the fourth prop the Crusaders have lost during their title defence.
The Super Rugby Pacific team has already lost Fletcher Newell, George Bower and Finlay Brewis to injury.
The Crusaders hope to add another prop to their roster in the near future.
Moody, 34, missed much of last season with an ACL injury.
He played at both the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.
Meanwhile, Blues coach Leon Macdonald has confirmed that Beauden Barrett will miss Saturday’s game against the Hurdles.
Barrett, who was picked in the last round against the Reds in Brisbane, has a heel injury.
“He’s rested with the All Blacks this week which coincides with his stitches in his leg, it’s hard to know for sure but we’re pretty confident he’ll be fine [for next week].”
Macdonald says Barrett was due to take his mandatory rest from the All Blacks this round or later but his injury has put them under pressure.
The fourth-placed Blues meet the fifth-placed Hurricanes at Eden Park in a battle for fourth place or higher in the Super Rugby Pacific table with a home play-off game on the line.
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