Tawera Kerr-Barlow breaks jaw
March 23, 2013
Tawera Kerr-Barlow will undergo surgery in the week © PA Photos
Chiefs half-back Tawera Kerr-Barlow will miss six weeks of rugby after breaking his jaw in the 19-7 Super Rugby defeat of the Highlanders at Waikato Stadium on Friday.
Kerr-Barlow, who made his All Blacks debut last year, was found to have broken the right side of his jaw while playing the full 80 minutes in Hamilton. He will undergo surgery in the coming week.
Australian-born Kerr-Barlow, 22, played his first two All Blacks Tests on the 2012 tour to Europe, coming off the reserve bench against Scotland and Italy.
Augustine Pulu is set to replace Kerr-Barlow, but former All Blacks No. 9 Brendon Leonard is poised to re-enter the selection frame after fracturing a cheekbone in a pre-season match.
"The loudest cheer at a rugby game, away from social media gimmicks, pumping music and pyrotechnics will always be for a try." Tom Hamilton on the Twickenham atmosphere
"The only thing that will stop this England team from becoming a great team is themselves. They need to ask themselves 'what can we be?'" The Phil Vickery column
The latest Monday Maul looks at the hectic final weekend, the Lions hangover, the superb Mike Brown and the 'selfie'
"At the crux of this England team is a lack of fear, they are not afraid to throw playbooks out of the window." Tom Hamilton reports from Twickenham