WELLINGTON: All Blacks winger Cory Jane will need surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and it is uncertain whether he will play Super Rugby this season, his Wellington Hurricanes franchise said yesterday.
The 29-year-old Jane hurt his knee at training on Thursday and had scans yesterday, the Hurricanes said. They would not have any idea on how much time he would need off the field until he had seen a surgeon.
A picture of Jane being helped off the field at Paraparaumu, about 45 kilometres north of New Zealand’s capital city was circulated on the micro-blogging website Twitter on Thursday.
Jane, a prolific Twitter user, recirculated the picture but said he “just needed a rest”. The Hurricanes confirmed late yesterday that he had torn the ligament, and Jane then also used Twitter to confirm he had “got some bad news”.
The winger had only returned to training this week.
“It is devastating for Cory to have suffered this serious injury when he was looking so strong for this season following such a successful 2012,” Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said in a statement.
“We know that CJ is focussed and dedicated to his rehabilitation. So he will be committed to working hard in his recovery to come back better and stronger.
“This is not the news we wanted to hear at the start of the season and we acknowledge the loss of a quality player. However, we have a strong squad and CJ’s misfortune means its an opportunity for another player to step up.”
The Hurricanes play the Canterbury Crusaders in Timaru today in their first pre-season game, with their first Super Rugby clash against the Auckland Blues in Wellington on February 23.
Dusautoir back for France against Italy
MARCOUSSIS, France: Former skipper Thierry Dusautoir has been recalled to the France team that will open their Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome today.
The 31-year-old flanker, who captained France in the 2011 World Cup final against New Zealand, last played for the national side in last year’s Six Nations tournament.
He was then rested for the tour of Argentina and was ruled out of the November Test matches with an inured knee.
In that time, coach Philippe Saint-Andre handed the captaincy over to Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape and he impressed in the job in the wins over Australia, Argentina and Samoa.
Other changes see Racing Metro’s Benjamin Fall come in on the wing for the injured Vincent Clerc, while Yoann Huget gets the nod at full-back ahead of the injured Brice Dulin.
Saint-Andre said the toughest choice had been in the back row where Yannick Nyanga, who impressed on his return to the team in November, was left out of the final 23-man squad to make way for the return of Dusautoir alongside his Toulouse teammate Fulgence Ouedraogo.
“We did have a debate over what was our best options in the back row. Fulgence was impressive in the line-outs in November and we wanted to see where he was with his (injured) ankle,” he said.
“We wanted to see how Thierry did in the three days of squad training and we saw that he had worked hard during the time he was off injured. He is back to his best as a tackler and a sweeper-up who battles all the time.
“Against Italy who have a powerful set of forwards, we will need to be able to hold onto the ball, to defend our lines and we will need his experience and aggression in the rucks.” AGENCIES