Rugby World Cup 2019: Matt Todd ruled out of semi-final against England

The All Blacks have suffered an injury blow, with coach Steve Hansen confirming Matt Todd won't play against England in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

The flanker suffered a shoulder injury moments before being yellow-carded in the thumping of Ireland in Tokyo on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Hansen said the Crusaders star would not be considered for selection, meaning a likely elevation for Highlanders loose forward Shannon Frizell. 

The injury was a result of a questionable clean-out from replacement Ireland prop Andrew Porter, moments before George Bridge crossed for the All Blacks' sixth try. 

Porter appeared to spear Todd, after lifting him in an attempt to remove the All Black replacement from the Irish ruck. 

"Matt Todd has hurt that shoulder again, so we'll have to see how he goes," said Hansen on Sunday. "It's probably unlikely he's going to be available.

"He dislocated it a wee while ago, but got a bang on it yesterday, so we'll have to wait and see."

Todd had an eventful 20-minute performance in Tokyo, scoring a try, copping a yellow card and now an injury that could scratch him from the rest of the tournament.

Join us at 9pm Saturday for live updates of the All Blacks v England Rugby World Cup semi-final.

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