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NZ flanker John Hardie out of Six Nations

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/02/2017

Scotland have suffered another injury blow to their Six Nations campaign after it was confirmed their New Zealand flanker John Hardie will miss the Dark Blues' final two games of the Championship.

Saturday's 29-13 win over Wales at Murrayfield means Vern Cotter's side will travel to England in two weeks' time looking to claim their first Triple Crown in 27 years.

But having already lost skipper Greig Laidlaw and loose forward Josh Strauss for the remainder of the competition, they will now have to take on Eddie Jones' rampant England side without another of their influential back-rowers.

Former Southland and Highlanders openside Hardie lasted less than half an hour against Wales before a knee injury saw him replaced by club-mate Hamish Watson.

And it has now been confirmed that the knock will not heal in time for Hardie to face England, or Italy, next month.

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