Injury ends Flynn's tour
November 20, 2008
Hooker Flynn packs down against Scotland at Murrayfield © Getty Images
The All Blacks have lost a second hooker to injury on their end-of-year tour, with Corey Flynn ruled out of action with a fractured forearm suffered during the 18-16 win over Munster in Limerick.
All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said Flynn suffered a knock to his arm during the match against Munster on Tuesday night but was unaware he had suffered any injury, and continued playing the match.
"Corey complained of soreness yesterday (Wednesday) and an x-ray in Cardiff yesterday evening confirmed that he has suffered a fracture to his left forearm," Robinson said.
All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said the injury to Flynn would see Hikawera Elliot move to the bench for the Test against Wales. A decision on whether or not a replacement hooker was needed for the remainder of the Tour would be made following the Wales Test.
Meanwhile, Tony Woodcock has been confirmed to start the Test at loosehead prop. A decision on the other propping position will be made in due course, with Neemia Tialata recovering from a viral infection.
The 27-year-old Flynn has a wretched history of arm injuries, the latest break occurring against the Hurricanes during the Super 14 semifinal in May.
He missed the final and a large chunk of the Air NZ Cup before his late-season contributions saw him selected with fellow hookers Andrew Hore and Keven Mealamu for the six-match tour. Hore lasted only four minutes of the tour opener against the Wallabies in Hong Kong before he headed home nursing an ankle injury.
Mealamu started the tests against Scotland and Ireland, with Flynn used off the reserves bench.
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