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Retallick out with head knock

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

Lock Brodie Retallick has been ruled out of the Chiefs' crucial Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes because of a head knock.

The All Black has been replaced by Michael Allardice for Friday's match in Wellington, the Chiefs confirmed on Tuesday.

Retallick suffered a head knock in the Chiefs' 46-31 win over the Waratahs on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was still suffering from headaches and couldn't pass the concussion protocol test.

Coach Dave Rennie is taking the setback in his stride.

"It's a real pity as Brodie's massive for us with all the grunt work he does, but it just means an opportunity for someone else so they're going to have to step up."

Retallick's unavailability has been compounded by Taleni Seu's long-term injury when he was ruled out of action for six weeks after fracturing his arm during training.

This has opened the door for the return of Allardice, who has not started for the Chiefs since injuring his knee in last year's 40-7 win over Wales in Hamilton.

"Michael's really excited as he's been out for a while and has come back recently playing a couple of club games.

"He got a cameo off the bench at the weekend so he will be better for that, so there is every chance he will start," Rennie said.

Charlie Ngatai's return to Super Rugby remains up in the air, the versatile midfielder suffering from illness as he attempts to overcome his latest battle with concussion.

The Chiefs will be without Toni Pulu, who pulled a hamstring against the Waratahs, while Sam McNicol's return is uncertain as he also battles the after-effects of concussion.

However in some good news for the franchise, Tim Nanai Williams won't be required for Samoa's Test match against the All Blacks and will be available to play against the Lions.

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