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Kiwis half Leuluai suffers broken jaw

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/04/2017 By Ian Laybourn

Thomas Leuluai © Getty Images/Bradley Kanaris Thomas Leuluai New Zealand and Wigan half Thomas Leuluai has broken his jaw for the second time in five months and faces a lengthy lay-off.

The Kiwis veteran left the field early in the second half of Sunday's 42-22 Super League win over Catalans clutching his jaw and scans have confirmed his worst fears.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane says Leuluai, 31, will see a specialist later this week to discover the extent of his latest injury setback.

The former London Broncos and New Zealand Warriors player still has plates in his jaw which were inserted after he suffered a double fracture playing for the Kiwis in their 18-18 draw with Scotland in the Four Nations Series at Workington in November.

He recovered from that injury in time to begin his second spell with Wigan in February but could now be facing a longer lay-off as surgeons ponder their next option.

It is a body blow for the reigning Super League champions, as they prepare to face Castleford in a table-topping clash on Saturday before facing Salford the following week without stand-off George Williams and loose forward Sean O'Loughlin, who will be on England duty.

Jake Shorrock would have been an obvious replacement for Leuluai but has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

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