An accident at a Waikato training session on Tuesday could prevent All Black Mils Muliaina from touring Europe in November.
The influential utility back is unlikely to participate in Saturday’s New Zealand Cup semi-final against Otago after injuring his arm. Reports indicate that he has torn his bicep muscle, but the extent of the injury is yet to be confirmed and the New Zealand coaching staff are hoping that it is not too serious.
The 26 year old has already cultivated 43 caps for his country, scoring 15 tries. His first season for the Mooloo men has now come to an abrupt end, and if he doesn’t recover in time for New Zealand’s first Test at Twickenham, his next game of competitive rugby will be in the Vodacom Super 14.
Sosene Anesi is set to take Muliaina’s place in the Waikato backline at fullback, with Roy Kinikinilau shifting to the wing. The injury to Muliaina will further detract from the home side’s chances of advancing to the final, as flyhalf Stephen Donald is already a doubtful starter.
The All Blacks play their first game against England on 5 November, followed by two Tests against France and one more against Wales.