The All Blacks coaching team will be slightly worried on the list of injured players growing every weekend.
Damien McKenzie is the latest that can be added to the list of All Blacks injured.
He went off the pitch on Saturday with what looks like a knee injury. The Chiefs did not wanted to speculate on the extend of the injury after the match.
“At the moment it’s a strained knee and obviously in 24 hours … I will know better how he is,” Chiefs coach Colin Cooper said afterwards. A Chiefs statement later said the 23-year-old would have an MRI scan and that an update would be provided “in the coming days“.
All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick suffered a shoulder injury in the same match, but Cooper was hopeful it was just a stinger.
Sonny Bill Williams has also been added to the injury list this week as he wil undergo surgery in his right knee.
Williams is likely to be out for six weeks.
Another is Owen Franks. Franks injured his shoulder against the Waratahs
“We know there will be (more) injuries in the next two or three months so our whole planning now is based on what happens when this happens,” All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster told Radio Sport.
“We don’t like it but we’ve just got to make sure we control what we can control and have the best possible medical programme that gives them a fighting chance to come back strong.”
Other players on the All Black injury list,Sam Cane has not played since suffering a broken neck against South Africa last year,Aaron Smith, loose forwards Liam Squire and Luke Whitelock, hooker Codie Taylor, and wings Waisake Naholo and George Bridge.