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Crotty, Smith face injury woes, Coles out

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017 Angelo Risso

All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty may have played the last of his rugby against the British and Irish Lions after suffering a hamstring injury in his side's 30-15 first-Test victory.

The Crusaders ace hobbled off in the 33rd minute of Saturday's Eden Park match after a bustling run through the Lions' defence, appearing distressed.

He's been diagnosed with a hamstring strain and won't play in next Saturday's second Test in Wellington - with Anton Lienert-Brown likely to replace him.

Twenty-eight-year-old Crotty is also unlikely for the third Test.

The injury will prolong Jack Goodhue's time in the All Blacks' environment, called in by coach Steve Hansen as an injury replacement player.

"It could be two weeks, it could be four weeks," Hansen said on Sunday.

The situation was similarly unclear for star fullback Ben Smith, who went off in the 26th minute after failing a concussion test - forcing Beauden Barrett back to fullback and reserve Aaron Cruden in at first-five.

Damian McKenzie will join the squad this week as cover while Smith goes through the relevant protocols, in what is his third concussion of the year.

"It's day one and he's still to do anything in regards to testing - it's not the sort of thing you rush into," Hansen said.

"There's something going on there that's not quite right."

Elsewhere, flanker Matt Todd will head back to Christchurch after injuring a calf in training last week, with Akira Ioane set to remain in camp, while Liam Squire will be ready for action by the third Test.

Julian Savea, Ngani Laumape, Vaea Fifita and Jordie Barrett have all been released by the All Blacks to play for the Hurricanes in Tuesday's mid-week Lions clash.

One player who hasn't been released, however, is Dane Coles - who has been cleared of concussion symptoms but is not yet ready to play.

Hansen ruled the No.2 out of the Lions series altogether, predicting he'd return for the Hurricanes' Super Rugby finals tilt and the Rugby Championship.

"If he was ready to play, he'd be playing for us," Hansen said.

"He's now in what we're saying is a pre-season - we've got to give him the ability to rebuild and come back."

The news was rosier for the Lions, who had bumps and bruises but no injuries to concern coach Warren Gatland.

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