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Knee operation for Blues' Cashmore
February 29, 2000

Auckland Blues full back Adrian Cashmore will have a minor operation on an old knee injury on Friday.

The operation, although not serious, will keep Cashmore out of action for an unspecified period and Northland's Hayden Taylor is being considered as a replacement.

Cashmore has a piece of floating cartilege in his knee which has caused irritation in recent days.After seeing a specialist on Monday the decision was made to have an operation to remove it.

The time required for recovery is expected to be relatively short , given the minor nature of the injury.Coach Gordon Hunter is not anticipating Cashmore will be out of the squad for long.

Taylor played well for the Vikings team in the pre-season game against the Barbarians at Whangarei in February.He has good goal kicking skills which were an important consideration for Hunter when thinking of a temporary replacement for Cashmore.

Taylor was a member of the Auckland Blues squad in 1998 , when he played seven games and performed well.He was also an impressive member of the Northland team during the 1999 NPC.

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