Brodie Retallick to miss All Blacks clash against South Africa after family tragedy

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has confirmed lock Brodie Retallick won’t be heading to South Africa for the Test against the Springboks, after a family tragedy.

“Brodie and his wife Niki have lost their baby boy prematurely, which is incredibly sad news,” Hansen said in a statement.

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“We’re really feeling for them at this sad time and our thoughts are with them and their families.”

Niki had been pregnant with their second child, after the pair had a daughter last year.

The All Blacks go to South Africa having already retained the championship after the Springboks drew 27-27 with Australia on Saturday.

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