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Blues suffer big blow as Ranger ruled out for the season

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Auckland Super Rugby franchise the Blues have suffered a major blow as Rene Ranger has been ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season.

Former All Black Ranger ruptured his ACL knee ligaments in an awkward tackle in the Blues 23-18 victory over the Sharks at Eden Park on Saturday.

Ranger had to leave the field after the 33rd minute and that will be the last time he plays Super Rugby for the Blues this season.

The injury is a blow for the Blues as they will miss what Ranger brings to the team in attack and organisation to the backline.

It is also a blow for Ranger who has played six matches and was finding his feet after returning from France and making a comeback from from neck surgery.

There is a possibility that Ranger could return for the National Provincial Cup season with North Harbour but the injury will completely rule him out of contention for the All Blacks given that he will be injured during the June Internationals and the Rugby Championship.

The timing of Ranger’s injury is also bad as Rieko Ioane who has been playing at centre is expected to join the New Zealand sevens team soon.

George Moala who came off the bench for Ranger is a likely replacement or the Blues could also bring in Japanese midfielder Male Sa’u, Piers Francis or Michael Little.

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