All Blacks and Blues centre Sonny Bill Williams underwent knee surgery and will be out of action for six weeks.
The injury to Williams opens up the door for Ma’a Nonu to cement his place in the Blues side.
The 33-year-old Williams already faces tough competition for the midfielder position in the national side.
The All Black star hurt himself during the Stormers match on March 30th.
Blues coach Leon MacDonald said the injury to Williams is a big blow.
“It’s a big blow, I feel sorry for him. It’s unfortunate for him,” MacDonald told media in Auckland.
“Whatever he decides to do, he puts his mind to it and he sort of makes happen.
If he still wants to play later on, he’s the sort of guy that you would never write off. He’s pretty determined guy, this year he wants to make the World Cup squad and be a part of that obviously.
He’s pretty driven to make sure he recovers well from this injury and gets back on the field.”
Williams, a double World Cup winner in 2011 and 2015, will be hoping to make the squad for a third World Cup.
He has been struggling with injuries in recent years and competition in the form of Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape and Ryan Crotty doesn’t help his chances.
He certainly has his work cut out.
Williams has featured in over 50 Super Rugby matches for the Crusaders, Chiefs and Blues and has 51 test caps to his name.
Written by Carl Coertzen
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