Brodie Retallick Rugby: All Blacks coach ‘hopeful’ Brodie Retallick fit for World Cup

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Good news for the All Blacks and Brodie Retallick: The man considered one of the best locks in the world dislocated his left shoulder against the Springboks in Wellington but remains in the frame for the World Cup, a diagnosis which has sent relief through everyone connected with the team.

Thankfully for Retallick, who was taken straight to hospital after leaving the Westpac Stadium pitch in considerable pain following a ruck cleanout during the All Blacks’ 16-all draw with the Springboks, a scan revealed no fracture or joint damage.

He was seen smiling at the team hotel today, his left arm in a blue sling, and no wonder – he could still play a meaningful part in the All Blacks’ World Cup defence which starts for them with a pool game against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21.

Retallick is unlikely to play any rugby in the lead-up to the tournament but such is the quality of the 28-year-old, who has played 77 tests, that Hansen will

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