Brodie Retallick All Blacks: Brodie Retallick’s injury could provide lifeline for fringe locks

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Brodie Retallick dislocated his shoulder but can still come right in time.

OPINION:Brodie Retallick has a deadline to meet.

It doesn’t have to be the All Blacks’ first Rugby World Cup pool match against the Springboks on September 21 in Japan, either.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick suffered a dislocated shoulder during the 16-all draw with the Springboks in Wellington but it's hoped he will be available for the Rugby World Cup.

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All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick suffered a dislocated shoulder during the 16-all draw with the Springboks in Wellington but it’s hoped he will be available for the Rugby World Cup.

For obvious reasons it would be ideal to have lock Retallick playing in Yokohama, but if he hasn’t recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered in the 16-all draw with the Springboks last Saturday night the chances are remote.

He’s too valuable to be risked.

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The World Cup quarterfinals, scheduled for October 19-20, are what matter. Put a fat red circle around them, and work back from there.

The news about Retallick’s dislocated left shoulder, thanks to an aggressive clean-out by replacement lock RG Snyman in Wellington is, so far, encouraging.

Here’s what we know. While All Blacks coach Steve Hansen couldn’t provide a definitive comeback date, he said it was possible Retallick will be available for the World Cup.

Brodie Retallick Patrick Tuipulotu started at lock when the All Blacks played Argentina in Buenos Aires on July 20.

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Patrick Tuipulotu started at lock when the All Blacks played Argentina in Buenos Aires on July 20.

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