All Blacks wing Nehe Milner-Skudder will miss the Super Rugby season with a shoulder injury
The setback also rules him out of New Zealand’s Test series against Wales
Milner-Skudder dislocated his shoulder in the Hurricanes’ hard-fought victory over the Auckland Blues last Friday
New Zealand have been dealt a major blow with news that Nehe Milner-Skudder will miss the remainder of the season as he undergoes surgery on his shoulder.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, helping the Hurricanes to the Super Rugby final before making the step up to international level and playing his part as the All Blacks won the World Cup.
Milner-Skudder scored the first try of the final as New Zealand beat Australia 34-17 and was expected to again be a key part of the All Black team which will face Wales in the summer.
However he dislocated his shoulder while playing against the Blues last weekend and it was confirmed that he would require surgery on the issue, ruling him out of the rest of the Super Rugby season.
Hurricanes boss Chris Boyd admits it is a major blow to lose the winger, who has scored eight tries in eight Tests so far at international level.
“Losing Nehe is a blow and obviously disappointing for him, but we’re really lucky in that we have a lot of depth in the outside backs,” Boyd said.
“When you can bring a 53-test All Black like Cory Jane into the team you aren’t going too bad.”