Sonny Bill Williams is expected to be out for a week or two after injuring his shoulder in the win over England, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has said.
Williams continued his battle with injury this year after coming from the field at Twickenham after 30 minutes
Hansen confirmed he suffered a grade one injury to the AC joint in his shoulder, but said selectors hadn’t had a chance to speak about a potential replacement in the squad.
“We haven’t had time to discuss that, we’ll see how he pulls up tomorrow morning and we’ll have a bit of chat about it later,” he said.
Williams’ latest injury must add further doubts about his durability heading into the Rugby World Cup next year and what will be his 16th year as a professional athlete.
Should the selectors opt for a replacement, Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape looms as the likely candidate after his starring role in last week’s big win over Japan.