Highlander Donnelly likely to miss Super14



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Highlanders lock Tom Donnelly is to undergo surgery on an ankle and is likely to be ruled out of the rest of the Super 14.

Donnelly will have a pin inserted to relieve pain that has been bothering him all season and the surgery is likely to sideline him for six weeks which is around the time the Super 14 regular season ends.

Donnelly forced his way into the All Blacks in place of Isaac Ross for the test defeat of Australia in Wellington last August and retained his place in the first choice locking combination alongside Brad Thorn.

“It’s always tough, when you’re not playing Super 14, to harbour any hope of getting back in the All Blacks,” Donnelly told the Otago Daily Times.

“Probably, the NPC (for Otago) will be my next outing and we’ll go from there.”

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