Angus Ta’avao called into squad as replacement
All Blacks loosehead prop Joe Moody is to miss the remainder of the Investec Rugby Championship after injuring his thumb in Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup-winning Test.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Moods has had an x-ray which has revealed a fracture in his left thumb. He doesn’t need surgery but will be in a cast for six weeks and, unfortunately, will miss the rest of the Investec Rugby Championship. The good news is he’ll be back in time for the Northern Tour to Japan and Europe.”
With All Blacks replacement prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen carrying an injury, Taranaki and Chiefs prop Angus Ta’avao has been called into the All Blacks squad as a replacement.
Hansen said with Moody injured, fellow All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe would now cover the loosehead prop position, and so the selectors had opted to bring in a tighthead in Ta’avao.
“Angus had a big season for the Chiefs during the Investec Super Rugby season, was part of a very good Chiefs pack and has made big strides on the technical aspects of his position. We look forward to him joining the squad.”
The All Blacks squad will reassemble in Nelson on Sunday to prepare for the Investec Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on Saturday 8 September.