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Mauger loss for All Blacks



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Aaron Mauger’s European tour has ended prematurely, after a tear in the cartilage of his right knee, sustained at Twickenham against the English on November 4, finally ended the All Black star’s 2006 season.

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) confirmed on Tuesday that Mauger will be unavailable for the All Black’s final test this Saturday against the Welsh at Cardiff, and that the injury sustained against England was aggravated last Thursday at training in Paris.

Mauger is expected to undergo athroscopic surgery at home, which would see him out of action for four to six weeks, disrupting his Super 14 training but posing no threat to his participation in the tournament.

The All Blacks went overseas with 32 players in their squad and have no need of a replacement for the midfield maestro, with the likes of Ma’a Nonu and Luke McAlister ready to do battle.

It is widely agreed, however, that pivot Dan Carter is due for a well-deserved rest this Saturday.

This may not come to be if coach Graham Henry decides that Carter is too important to leave out of an already depleted midfield.

Henry has warned that New Zealand cannot take Wales lightly, and they will be hungry to record their first victory over the All Blacks since 1953, having missed out by a whisker in 2004.

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