Beauden Barrett Hurricanes warning: Ardie Savea’s absence set to test rugby’s great entertainers

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The All Blacks star needs an operation on his knee after hurting himself in the World Cup defeat by England.

OPINION:If you’re a Hurricanes rugby fan, you might want to avert your eyes. The news is decidedly bleak for followers of Super Rugby’s great entertainers.

A group who have become accustomed to a diet of Super Rugby at the pointy end of proceedings might just have to reset their expectations for 2020. The way things are shaping, a sixth straight playoff appearance shapes as some challenge for John Plumtree’s men.

Things took a decided turn for the worse on the back of the news that outstanding loose forward Ardie Savea is set to miss a serious chunk of the campaign while he recovers from knee surgery forced by an injury sustained in that ill-fated World Cup semifinal against England.

Beauden Barrett Ardie Savea's game-changing abilities for the Hurricanes will take a lot of replacing in 2020.

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Ardie Savea’s game-changing abilities for the Hurricanes will take a lot of replacing in 2020.

This comes on top of the departure of talismanic playmaker Beauden Barrett to the Blues and leaves the Canes with the exceedingly difficult prospect of having to replace their two most influential performers for 2020.

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As one-two punches go, this was one of Andy Ruiz-like devastation.

Maybe, just maybe, they could have found a way forward without the mercurial talents of Barrett in the pivot. They certainly have plenty of other game-breakers in their backline to potentially step up and assume

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