All Blacks and Chiefs star Damien McKenzie will miss the World Cup.

The utility back injured the ACL in his right knee on Saturday against the Blues.

All Blacks coach Steven Hansen confirmed the news on Monday.

Normally an injury like this takes between six an nine months to heal.

The World Cup will start on 20 September.

“He’s done an ACL and looks to be out for eight to nine months which is a real shame for him,” Hansen said.

“His World Cup opportunity’s gone but he’s still young enough to make probably the next two. It’s just important he gets his knee right and takes the time to be able to come back and achieve the dreams that he wants to achieve.”

“It’s sad for him obviously. It creates another opportunity for someone else. We’ve got to expect injuries and there will be more than just him I’d say.”

McKenzie is the kind of player that can play at fullback, wing and flyhalf.

Along with Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga, Mckenzie was the flyhalf to go to the World Cup.

McKenzie will turn 24 on Saturday which suggest he still have a couple of World Cups ahead of him.

Hopefully for New Zealand Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga will stay injury free until the World Cup starts.

A serious injury to one of them and all of a sudden the Kiwi’s will have problems at flyhalf.

McKenzie has played in 72 Super Rugby matches and 21 tests for the All Blacks thus far.

 

Written by Carl Coertzen

Image Credit: Photosport

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