Another All Black goes down

Tony Woodcock is the latest All Black casualty and he will miss the Ireland series.

Woodcock tore a calf muscle in the Blues 34-33 defeat against the Cats. He has not been in good form during the Vodacom Super 14.

Woodcock’s unavailability for the early internationals follows injuries to James Ryan, Nick Evans, Troy Flavell, Conrad Smith, Angus Macdonald and Sione Lauaki, the majority of whom toured with the All Blacks to Britain last year.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has indicated he won’t select Crusaders and Hurricanes players for the Irish tests and the side that faces the Irish could effectively be an All Black ‘C’ team.