Ranger & McAlister could still make AB tour

Northland and Blues rugby star Rene Ranger could still make the All Blacks’ end-of-year tour which starts with a Bledisloe Cup clash in Hong Kong.

Ranger suffered a a hamstring injury in the ITM Cup 24-40 loss to Counties Manukau in Pukekohe on Sunday and initial fears were that he would be out for up to six weeks.

A medical examination however has pointed to a grade one or two tear which Northland coach Bryce Woodward says will keep Ranger out for between two and four weeks.

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“Certainly he won’t be playing against Waikato or Hawke’s Bay, and there’s a question mark about the game against Tasman,” Woodward told NZPA.

The Tasman game is scheduled for October 17, the same day the All Blacks’ touring party for the northern hemisphere tour will be named.

There was more positive news for All Blacks five-eighth Luke McAlister when he was cleared of any serious injury after he left the field and taken to hospital after the game.

It was immediately thought that McAlister’s jaw had been broken but it has only been bruised according to North Harbour

McAlister is therefore expected to play a full part in training this week and should be available for the match against Counties-Manukau in Pukekohe on Sunday.

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