WELLINGTON – All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick was sweating on his fitness for the Rugby World Cup until a couple of days before making the squad but is now more confident his shoulder injury will clear up in time for him to make some contribution in Japan.
The former World Player of the Year dislocated the shoulder in the draw with South Africa on July 27 and was mighty relieved to hear his name read out by New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey at the squad announcement on Wednesday.
“Up until probably five or six days ago I wasn't that hopeful,” the 28-year-old told New Zealand's Radio Sport. “The one real thing that's holding it up is that I did a bit of nerve damage when the shoulder dislocated.
“A couple of fingers were numb and a deltoid (shoulder muscle) wasn't working that well.
“The shoulder itself is getting stronger but being without that function was a concern. I'm starting to get that feeling back now so hopefully it keeps progressing.”