Brodie Retallick Rugby: World Cup in doubt? Injury blow for All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick

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All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has suffered a dislocated shoulder and the coaches will wait on a diagnosis that could include the added complication of a fracture.

Retallick was taken to hospital after hurting his shoulder in the 60th minute during the dramatic 16-all draw against the Springboks at Westpac Stadium following what appeared to be an illegal ruck cleanout by a Springboks player but which wasn’t ruled as such by referee Nic Berry.

If the injury is merely a dislocation, Retallick may still be a chance for the World Cup which starts for his side on September 21 with another match against the Boks, who snuck home to share the spoils. A fracture as well would surely rule him out for the rest of the year.

“He’s dislocated his shoulder,” coach Steve Hansen confirmed. “Whether he’s fractured it as well, we don’t know. We just have to sit and wait.”

It will be a nervous wait because Retallick is a key member of the All Black pack. With Scott Barrett recovering from a broken hand, Sam W

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