Cape Town – All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that lock Brodie Retallick has been ruled out of the Test series against France after breaking a bone in his chest.
Retallick had initially only been ruled out of the first Test but scans have since revealed he has suffered a pectoral fracture and will be sidelined for six weeks.
The 27-year-old sustained the injury in the Chiefs’ Super Rugby loss to the Crusaders last week.
“He hasn’t got a pec tear, which is great news, but he has got a small fracture – I’m not even going to attempt to tell you what bone it is,” Hansen told Reuters in Auckland after he had named his side for the first test.
“It’s right in underneath his pec. He’ll probably out for six weeks.”
Retallick joins captain Kieran Read (back), hooker Dane Coles (knee) and inside centre Sonny Bill Williams (knee) on the All Blacks’ injury list.