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All Blacks loose forward Sam Cane set to make full recovery following surgery on broken neck


All Blacks flanker Sam Cane has begun the road to recovery after suffering a neck fracture in Sunday’s comeback win over the Springboks, reports NZHerald this morning

The All Blacks’ official Twitter account posted an update today after Cane underwent surgery in Pretoria.

“@SamCane7 is up and about after his successful operation in South Africa. Sam would like to thank everyone for all the support he has received from around the world, he is set to make a full recovery,” the Tweet said.

After a collision with Springboks loose forward Francois Louw in the 35th minute of the All Blacks comeback victory, Cane stayed down and then looked in obvious pain.

Cane needed surgery to repair a fracture on the lower right side of his neck and will remain in South Africa for a week to recover.

All Blacks doctor Tony Paige said there was no nerve damage but he will stay to monitor Cane’s progress.

While expected to recover, Cane will be out for at least three months and, therefore, misses the northern tour which opens with the third Bledisloe in Yokohama in three weeks.

“First he’s got to get through the operation,” Paige told media in South Africa. “We have every confidence he’ll do well with that and then like any fracture it takes a couple of weeks and months. It will probably take about three months for the bone to get strong but we’ll just take it step by step.

“The operation is really just to keep everything in the right place so the bone can heal on its own accord.”

Photo: All Black Twitter

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