The All Blacks suffered a major loss to their front row as loosehead prop Tony Woodcock will miss the team’s next Test against the Wallabies on Saturday.
The 31-year-old, who has played 71 Tests, is sidelined with a rib injury and will miss this weekend’s clash in Auckland. It’s a big blow considering the player’s contribution to the All Blacks’ dominant scrum displayed against Australia in Sydney last weekend.
Woodcock is set to be replaced by Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett in the starting line-up.
Crockett has only featured in six Tests since making his international debut in 2009.
Meanwhile, the Wallabies also lost a front-rower in loosehead prop Sekope Kepu for the upcoming Test. Kepu is struggling with a knee injury, and is set to be replaced by either James Slipper (who was on the bench in Sydney) or Ben Alexander.