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Crusaders set to be without Crotty in Fiji


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Christchurch based Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders are almost certain to be without All Black midfielder Ryan Crotty for this week’s Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Fiji.

The match will be the first Super Rugby match to be played in Fiji but Crotty looks set to miss it due to an injury he sustained playing for the All Blacks against Wales.

Crotty is nursing a calf injury which forced him from the field in the All Blacks 46-6 third test win over Wales in Dunedin.

The twenty-seven-year-old Crotty will likely stay at home in New Zealand for the match which could well decide the top spot in the Super Rugby standings.

“He’s unlikely, but we’ll wait and see until (Tuesday),” Blackadder told Stuff.

“We are used to that in this competition. That’s why David Havili and Kieron Fonotia have had so much time there (in the Crusaders midfield).

“I think, if anything, we won’t lose a lot.”

While Crotty looks set to be rested this week Crusaders captain Kieran Read, who suffered a “stinger” in the second half at Dunedin is almost certain to make the Fiji trip.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said that Read is “good to go” for Friday night’s fixture in Suva.

“He’s fine. That man is just a machine this year,” Blackadder said.

However reserve backrower Tim Boys has also been ruled out but has been n receiving treatment in Christchurch for a medical condition.

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