‘Canes lose their skipper

After going down to the Reds on Saturday, when they were made to pay for repeated infringements, the Hurricanes will now have to try turn things around without their new skipper, centre Conrad Smith.

Smith took a heavy knock to his left eye and this is being monitored closely. He will not be available next weekend as the Hurricanes play the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Meanwhile tighthead prop Tim Fairbrother will have a scan on his left shoulder today, and is expected to be out of action for at least the next month. It appears he temporarily dislocated the same joint he had surgery on in May 2006.

Fairbrother’s scrummaging partner, prop John Schwalger experienced stiffening in his neck during the first half of Saturday’s game and he was replaced following advice from the Hurricanes medical staff. The injury has responded to treatment during the last 24 hours and he may be available for selection.

Ma’a Nonu, who left the field temporarily with a cut to the head, and Luke Andrews, who had a gash above his left eye stitched after the match, are both fit to play in Friday’s New Zealand derby.

365 Digital

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