RICHARD FERGUSON updates keo.co.za followers of the latest Super Rugby news from New Zealand.
Kerr-Barlow out for six weeks
Chiefs scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow has been ruled out of action for at least six weeks following a broken jaw which he sustained against the Highlanders.
The Chiefs will find some solace in the fact that Brendon Leonard is back from injury and is likely to feature off the bench, while Augustine Pulu starts the match against the Blues.
Leonard has had limited game time over the last season, and with him being out of contract at the end of the current Super Rugby season, will have a decision to make. Does he stay with a championship side, only to play the odd match off the bench, or does he follow his Chiefs team mates to Japan?
Leonard will find it hard to make the national side again, considering the young talent at scrumhalf currently, so a move to either Europe or Japan seems likely to end the All Black’s career.
Kirwan hopes Boric comeback inspires squad
Anthony Boric came off the bench this last weekend, playing half an hour against the Waratahs. This might not seem like any achievement, but for Boric, it was a massive 30 minutes of rugby.
Boric had to have disc damage in his neck repaired, which led to months of rehabilitation and many calling for him to not risk playing rugby again. While he himself considered giving up, the half hour on the park quickly reminded him of what he would be missing out on.
The next couple of weeks will be key to the big lock, as he assesses how his neck holds up after playing and training week in and week out.
Coach John Kirwan hopes that Boric’s struggle and fight to come back to the game will be a boost to the rest of his squad, following their slump in form. The Blues got off to a great start this season but has since lost two matches due to unforced errors and a lack of true grit.