Super Rugby

Milner-Skudder out for the Super Rugby season




Hurricanes and All Blacks star Nehe Milner-Skudder has been ruled out of the rest of the 2016 Super Rugby season due to injury.

Milner-Skudder injured his shoulder in the Hurricanes victory over the Blues at Eden Park in Round 3 when he fell awkwardly in a tackle.

The winger immediately left the field after the injury as his shoulder had been dislocated.

It is expected that Milner-Skudder will miss the next six months of rugby which rules him out of Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship unless he makes a quicker than anticipated recovery.

“I’m obviously going to have a bit of time on my hands so I’ll probably try and find things to keep myself busy,” Milner-Skudder told Dominion Post after hearing the news.

“Obviously I’d love to still contribute to the boys and chip in where I can,” said Milner-Skudder who now faces being the Hurricanes water boy for the season.

” I’ll probably see how my hydration technician [water boy] skills go and making protein shakes.”

On the actual injury Milner-Skudder said that he had no idea of the damage he had done when he fell on his elbow at Eden Park.

“Because I didn’t have any shoulder problems in the past I wasn’t too familiar with it. But it was quite sore at the time and I remained pretty positive and pretty optimistic about what the diagnosis was going to be, so to hear I’m going to be out for a while was pretty disappointing,” he said.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said that Milner-Skudder would be missed.

“Nehe had a great season for us last year and he was coming into his game this year and it’s bloody sad for him and he’s a fantastic player who’ll be sorely missed,” said Boyd

“I guess the only upside is that with Julian (Savea) and Cory Jane, James Marshall, Jason Woodward and Matt Proctor I still feel confident that we’ve got a pretty useful back-three. But Nehe’s special, eh?”

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