Rugby Championship: All Blacks' concussed duo good to go against Argentina

  • 26/08/2018

The All Blacks have been bolstered by news that Ryan Crotty and Sam Cane should be available for selection for the next test against Argentina in two weeks' time.

Cane passed his HIA (head injury assessment) test on Sunday after he was forced to leave the field with concussion in New Zealand's win over Australia at Eden Park.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen confirmed Cane's status and is pleased with his progress after he sat out the captain's run the day prior.

"He's good. He's passed his HIA test this morning, so we've got two weeks," he said.

"He's obviously battered and bruised, big test match, lot of tackling, big tackling going on throughout the whole team, there's sore shoulders, bruising, but most people have pulled up pretty good.

"On the Thursday, he got hit in a cleanout and hurt his hip and knee, so we didn't train him Friday and he's come through the game in that area pretty good."

The All Blacks were without regular second-five Crotty for the second Bledisloe Cup test after he too suffered a head injury in Sydney last week.

But Hansen said Crotty should be good to go for Nelson.

"He's fine. We'll just keep monitoring him and he will be available next time we play."