Arm fracture rules Fruean out for Crusaders

The Crusaders have suffered a second blow after their 40-16 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton as Robbie Fruean has fractured his right forearm.

Fruean started on the left wing but had to leave the field against the Chiefs after 14 minutes and was replaced by Nafi Tuitavake.

An X-ray on his right arm has confirmed the fracture but it is not certain yet how long he will be out as he will see a specialist on Monday.

Fruean joins fellow Crusaders winger Jone Macilai who broke his arm playing in a Super Rugby warm up against the Highlanders.

The bone break is the third for the Crusaders this season as Willi Heinz suffered a broken leg in the pre-season too.

On the positive side the Crusaders have a bye this week and they expect to have last season’s joint top try scorer Nemani Nadolo back for their next match which is against the Lions on March 14.

The Crusaders are known for making slow starts but this season they are missing a spark and they have only won one of their three matches.

It should be noted that the Christchurch side have not been at full strength but coach Todd Blackadder expects to have Dan Carter and his fellow All Blacks Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks and Israel Dagg back for the Lions.

“We have got a lot of work to do to get back in this competition,” Blackadder told The Press.

“We took a real step back this week in physicality and against a team we had prepared really well for. “

“That’s why it was night and day from the previous game against the Highlanders.”

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