Thursday, October 27, 2011

No major injury for Cruden

All Blacks first five-eighth Aaron Cruden has not inflicted any major damage on his knee, after he limped off during the first half of the 8-7 World Cup final win over France during the weekend.

Cruden became the latest victim of the All Blacks injury curse to their playmakers, with it later revealed that Piri Weepu had also carried a concern into the decider against Les Bleus.

The Chiefs and Manawatu number ten was in crutches when he collected his World Cup winner’s medallion.

He saw a specialist today, but was given the all-clear in regards to major surgery, with no torn ligaments, although they have all been stretched while there are fears that there is a compression fracture on his knee cap.

While he will take some time to recover, he will not miss any rugby in 2012 at this stage.

He is arguably new coach Dave Rennie’s most prized recruit, with the Chiefs losing Stephen Donald and Mike Delany next season.

Rennie and Cruden have an established relationship not only during their time together at the ITM Cup for Manawatu, but at Under-20’s level, with the pair winning a Junior World Championship together.

Cruden will return to Palmerston North today to a heroes welcome.

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