All Blacks star Joe Moody ruled out of England clash with horror eye injury
New Zealand star Joe Moody will miss Saturday’s clash against England, and the rest of the autumn internationals, after suffering a horror eye injury.
The All Blacks prop tore his eyelid while performing a lineout lift in training and will also be ruled out of matches against Ireland and Italy.
Moody will spend six weeks on the sidelines and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen says no chances will be taken with the unusual injury.
"Joe Moody’s managed to find himself ways to get injured this year in unusual fashion," Hansen told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Test at Twickenham.
"He was doing a lineout lift and copped someone’s hand. Anyone else it probably would have missed, but Joe…
"The plastic surgeon has recommended six weeks, and as our doctor described it, the eyelid’s your window washer," he said.
"If you’ve got half of it missing, you can’t wipe your eye, so it’ll affect your eyesight long-term so we need to make sure he’s OK."
New Zealand will field their strongest possible side against England, with Sonny Bill Williams partnering Jack Goodhue in the centres. Karl Tu’inukuafe will replace Moody
"Jack has trained the house down so you’ve got to trust the medical people. They say he’s ready to go so he’s ready to go," Hansen added.
"We’re blessed with some very good midfielders at the moment. It doesn’t matter which one you play we’ve just got work out what combinations really gel well together and what we can do with the bench."
"We know we’ll be up against a very determined and well-coached English side," Hansen said.
"They’ll have gained a lot of confidence from their win over South Africa and be keen to make a statement in front of their passionate Twickenham home crowd.
"However, for us it’s about making our own statement. To do that, we’ll need to bring our own intensity and accuracy to an even higher level throughout the game.
"It’s a great opportunity to assess where our game is at and we’re really looking forward to it."
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