Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Injured All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick reveals nerve damage

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Injured All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has revealed the severity of his injury as he races the clock to play a meaningful role in the Rugby World Cup.

Retallick was included in the All Blacks’ 31-man squad for Japan despite dislocating his shoulder against the Springboks last month and is hopeful of making it back for at least the quarterfinals, but admitted that “nerve damage” had complicated his recovery.  

Brodie Retallick Brodie Retallick leaves the field in agony during the match against the Springboks last month.

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Brodie Retallick leaves the field in agony during the match against the Springboks last month.

“I’ve made a fair amount of progress over the last four or five days and if it keeps progressing then hopefully come four or five weeks’ time I should be able to play again,” Retallick told NZME.

“The one real thing that’s holding it up is that I did a bit of nerve damage when the shoulder dislocated.

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