Toeava ruled out

All Blacks utility back Isaia Toeava is sidelined for the rest of the year after picking up a stress fracture in his hip joint.

Toeava recovered from a foot injury to start for the All Blacks in the last two Tri-Nations Tests against the Wallabies and Springboks. However, he is now expected to be out for three months and will miss the fourth Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia and the end-of-year tour to Europe.

All Blacks doctor Deb Robertson said the 23-year-old will be rested from any weight-barring exercises in the next two months and will start a running programme once his injury has healed.

‘Aside from his foot injury, Isaia had been suffering from intermittent gluteal muscle pain since the Super 14 but had been able to play,’ she told stuff.co.nz. ‘However, confirmation of the stress fracture means that he now needs up to three months rest from rugby.’