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Cruden ruled out of Rugby Championship

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/09/2016 Daniel Gilhooly
Aaron Cruden © Getty Images Aaron Cruden

All Blacks first five-eighth Aaron Cruden will miss the last two Rugby Championship Tests while a handful of team-mates are under injury clouds.

Cruden's groin injury has ruled him out of a 32-man squad which will be announced on Monday to play Tests away to Argentina on October 1 and South Africa in Durban a week later.

Cruden joins flanker Sam Cane (hamstring) in missing the trip, with both a chance to be fit for the Test against Australia in Auckland on October 22.

A third Chiefs player, utility back Damian McKenzie, was concussed a week ago in NPC rugby and is only part way through protocol testing. He must pass a contact test on Wednesday to be cleared for the flight to Buenos Aires two days later.

Veteran flanker Jerome Kaino was the only notable injury to emerge from the 41-14 win over South Africa on Saturday.

He will be in a sling until midweek before damage to his shoulder is diagnosed, with his tour place in doubt. It is a similar status for centre George Moala (knee).

Winger Waisake Naholo, who has been out for a month with hamstring problems, should fly but could be unavailable for the Pumas Test.

Assistant coach Ian Foster confirmed Matt Todd would remain in the squad after being called in as backup to flanker Ardie Savea following Cane's injury.

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