Donald ruled out for four months
June 1, 2010
Chiefs fly-half Stephen Donald is out for four months © Getty Images
A bad week for Chiefs fly-half Stephen Donald has continued with the news that he will miss the next four months of action after undergoing surgery to repair a torn chest muscle.
Donald, who has 19 caps for New Zealand, will therefore be out of contention for the Tri-Nations. He was however omitted from the first All Black squad of the year to face Ireland and Wales prior to his injury in favour of Hurricanes youngster Aaron Cruden.
Donald sustained the injury, a tear to his pectoralis major muscle, while playing for his club rugby side University in Hamilton on Saturday.
There was another blow for Waikato as they prepare for their domestic campaign, with utility back Callum Bruce confirming a move to Japanese club Cannon on a two-year deal. The former Otago and Highlanders back would have been an option to cover for Donald, with this role now set to go to Brumbies loan signing Christian Lealiifano.
"Brucey has been a solid campaigner for Waikato over the past two years. His leadership and professionalism was second to none," coach Chris Gibbes said. "He filled an important role for Waikato at the end of last year, and was a big influence on turning our season around. He'll be a loss for Waikato, but we wish him all the best for his new career in Japan."
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery
Monday Maul takes in retirement talk, England reshuffles, France's unfair advantage and Scotland's communication breakdown
John Griffiths takes an analytical look at Week 3 of ESPN Scrum's Fantasy Rugby game - who should you have picked?
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won the tactical battle and set his team on course for a shot at the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton reports from Dublin