The All Blacks has been given their first blow at the World Cup before it even begins.

Loose forward Luka Jacobson will miss the World Cup after suffering a delayed onset of concussion.

The young loose forward did not show any signs of concussion after the Tonga game but later develop symptoms after a training session.

“After discussing this latest episode with Luke, as well as our medical team, the decision has been made to, sadly, withdraw him from the tournament,” Hansen told the All Blacks’ official website.

“We all felt that the best thing for him to do is to take a break from rugby until he is symptom-free and ready to return to rugby.

Jacobson is gutted to be missing the World Cup but the decision was made for the best health reasons.

Jacobson will be replaced by Shannon Frizell who was called up and will arrive in Japan by Saturday.

Fifita and Papalii were not considered by the coach because they are still currently injured.

Facebook Comments