A third AB crocked

The third member of Graham Henry’s all-counquering Grand Slam All Blacks is out for the 2006 season.

Blue utility forward Angus Macdonald has joined Conrad Smith and Nick Evans on the sidelines after rupturing knee ligaments in the Blues 30-17 win against the Bulls in Auckland.

Macdonald played against Scotland in the test that clinched the All Blacks the Grand Slam.

Evans, who played two of the tests and was in superb form for the Highlanders this season, and Smith, the favourite to slot into the All Blacks midfield in Tana Umaga’s absence will be more missed than Macdonald, who was someway down the pecking order among the loose-forwards.

Macdonald’s value is that he can also play lock.

Blues coach David Nucifora has not yet replaced him.