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McCaw sidelined with rib injury

Wellington - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw may have played the last two tests of his team's just-completed series against England with a broken rib which will cause him to miss three weeks of the Super Rugby season.

Coach Steve Hansen said on Tuesday that McCaw suffered a cracked or broken rib during the first or second test of the three-test England series which New Zealand won 3-0. McCaw played for 80 minutes in all three matches.

All Blacks captain Richie McCawPhoto: Toru Hanai. Credit: REUTERS

Hansen told Radio Sport McCaw as first thought to be suffering from bruising but his injury may have been more serious.

Super Rugby resumes on Friday after a four-week break for June internationals and McCaw's three-week absence is a severe blow to the Christchurch-based Crusaders who are currently first in the New Zealand conference.

Sapa-AP

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