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Brodie Retallick has revealed that he suffered nerve damage when his left shoulder popped out of its socket while playing for the All Blacks against the Springboks, an added complication to an already serious injury which made him fear for his place in the World Cup squad.
The lock, the World Rugby player of the year in 2014 and still one of the best in the game, told Radio Sport that he wasn’t sure he would be available even five days ago.
“Up until probably five or six days ago I wasn’t that hopeful,” Retallick said. “I knew that they had been thinking about taking four locks and giving me a chance to come right but I wasn’t sure. I was actually listening to the announcement on the Radio Sport app.”
But while head coach Steve Hansen said during the announcement of the 31-player squad for Japan that Retallick was included on the basis that he should be available for the All Blacks’ predicted quarter-final on October 19 or 20 – depending on whether they finish first or second in their pool – the man himself is hopeful he may return a little earlie
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