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All Blacks flankers in doubt with injury

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/04/2017

Uncertainty surrounds the fitness of All Blacks openside flankers Sam Cane and Ardie Savea following the latest round of Super Rugby.

Two months out from the arrival of the British and Irish Lions, the New Zealand selectors will anxiously await medical updates for Chiefs No.7 Cane and the man who was his primary Test backup last year, Hurricanes dynamo Savea.

Cane failed a concussion test in the fourth minute of their 28-12 win over the Bulls in Hamilton and didn't return to the field.

The 40-Test flanker, who has led his country twice, is in doubt for the Chiefs' three-match offshore tour, beginning next week against the Stormers in Cape Town.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says a quick assessment will be made on Cane and four-Test prop Nepo Laulala - who also took a head knock - before a Chiefs tour squad is finalised later on Sunday.

Cane suffered a head knock last year, which delayed his arrival into the All Blacks squad for their June Tests against Wales.

Savea hobbled off with a calf injury late in the Hurricanes' 34-15 win over the Reds in Brisbane.

Arguably the best player on the park, the 23-year-old appeared in pain as he struggled to regain his feet after falling awkwardly in a tackle.

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree told journalists Savea was walking later, although still in some discomfort.

The injury was believed to be a strain and "nothing major", Plumtree said

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