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Dunedin’s Highlanders will attempt to defend their Super Rugby without back-liner Richard Buckman after he injured his shoulder in a Super Rugby warm up.

Buckman scored a try in Hong Kong against French club Racing Metro 92 but in the process of doing so he injured his shoulder.

The initial hope was that Buckman would be sidelined for around seven weeks and would be available for the Highlanders in the second half of their Super Rugby season.

However he has now been told that his shoulder injury needs surgery and he will miss the rest of the Highlanders title defence.

“It is obviously pretty disappointing, I was looking forward to another big season trying to defend that title,” Buckman told Stuff.

“But it is just one of those things you can’t do too much about now and look forward to the future and see the positives and get all my injuries right,” he said.

“I went and saw the surgeon last night and he gave me the news which was pretty tough. It was a tough sleep last night.”

Buckman will now spend the coming weeks strengthening the shoulder before he undergoes surgery in March.

The back-liner is known to his team-mates as Barracuda and has been a useful player for the Highlanders at centre and the wing.

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