16 Jun 2012
All Blacks lock Ali Williams faces an extended period on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday’s Test against Ireland.
Williams will not be replaced in the squad for the final Test in Hamilton, with Luke Romano expected to be elevated to the bench.
Head coach Steve Hansen said: ‘Ali will be going in for an operation this week on his knee. He has got some articular cartilage damage in his right knee which has been causing him some problems,’ adding the second rower faces a ‘six to eight weeks minimum’ lay off.