The Crusaders will be without Jordan Taufua in the Super Rugby final against the Lions after the flanker suffered a broken arm.
Taufua, nicknamed ‘Beast’, sustained the injury during the defending champions’ 30-12 semi-final victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Pete Samu is set to come into the side when Scott Robertson’s men come up against the Lions at AMI Stadium next Saturday in a repeat of last year’s decider.
Taufua posted on Instagram: “Unfortunately for me that’s my season on the field done… pretty gutted to not be able to run out with my brothers for the final but will be a loud and proud supporter off it!! One more to go.”
The setback looks to have ended Taufua’s hopes of playing any part in the Rugby Championship for New Zealand.
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