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All Blacks star ruled out of World Cup

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a man wearing a uniform: Damian McKenzie. © Photo - Photosport; Video - Sky Sports Damian McKenzie.

All Blacks utility back Damian McKenzie has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with an ACL injury.

The 23-year-old picked up the injury during the Chiefs' 33-19 Super Rugby win against the Blues on Saturday night.

The injury occurred early in the second half when attempting a tackle on first-five Otere Black.

Coach Steve Hansen confirmed the news at the All Blacks' foundation day in Wellington on Monday.

"He's done an ACL so looks like he's out for eight-nine months which a real shame because his World Cup opportunity is gone," said Hansen.

"He's still young to play at the next two so it's important he gets his knee right and takes the time to get right."

McKenzie was expected be one of the three first-fives selected for the World Cup, along with Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga.

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