Eaton joins the RWC walking-wounded list

The All Blacks’ walking wounded list received another with the news that Hurricanes lock Jason Eaton has been ruled out of rugby for six months with a knee injury. This rules him out of the World Cup in France later this year.

Eaton ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he fell awkwardly during the Hurricanes’ 22-21 win over the Highlanders in Wellington on Friday.

He becomes the third All Blacks lock after Chris Jack and James Ryan to be seriously injured during this year’s Super 14 competition.

A Hurricanes spokesman said Saturday that the 24-year-old Eaton would require a total reconstruction of the ligament and would be out of action for six months.

“Obviously I’m very disappointed,” Eaton said.

“I’m seeing a surgeon next week and we will take things from there. My focus will be on getting through the rehab work so that I’m in good shape for the start of the 2008 Super 14.”

Like Ryan, Eaton has no chance of making the All Blacks for the World Cup in France in September.

Ryan was ruled out this month after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for the Highlanders.

Jack, New Zealand’s most experienced lock, remains sidelined after injuring a hamstring tendon last month.

He is hoping to rejoin the Crusaders if they make the Super 14 Final in three weeks.


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