ADVERTISEMENT

Sam Cane will return from broken neck earlier than expected

BY Grant Constable  ·  Thursday May 16, 2019

Flanker Sam Cane’s remarkable bid to resume his All Blacks career begins this weekend when he returns to rugby seven months after breaking his neck against South Africa in Pretoria.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sixty-Test veteran Cane has been named on the Chiefs’ bench for their Super Rugby match against the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday, with the 27-year-old’s recall earlier than expected.

The openside specialist’s career hung in doubt when he fractured vertebrae during the Rugby Championship Test against South Africa last October and he admitted at the time to wondering if he’d played his last game.

Emergency surgery found there was no nerve damage and a gradual rehabilitation culminated in a return to contact work last month.

The injury occurred when Cane went it to clear out Francois Louw at the breakdown.

The Chiefs co-captain now faces a battle to reclaim the Test No.7 jersey he had owned since Richie McCaw’s retirement in 2015 World Cup glory.

ADVERTISEMENT

Hurricanes openside rival Ardie Savea has been in stellar form and may now have his nose in front to start at this year’s Rugby Wor ld Cup. Both players, if fit, are certainties to attend the tournament.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper is still without injured All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick so has again handed in-form halfback Brad Weber the captaincy, while prop Angus Ta’avao will start in his 100th Super Rugby match.

Sonny Bill Williams (knee) remains absent for the Blues, who are desperate to end a 15-match winless run against their northern rivals.

The Blues have lost their last four games after a promising start to the season and boast a dreadful record in Kiwi derbies, having won just three of their last 35 such fixtures.

ADVERTISEMENT

Both teams are languishing at the bottom of the New Zealand conference with four wins each and in danger of slipping from finals contention.

Comments




Related Articles

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Bristol Bears break 20-year record with victory...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    All Blacks star Jordie Barrett discusses...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Gloucester's next 'Rees-Zammit' scores incredible...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Bordeaux prop scores the ultimate front row try in the Top 14

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Northampton Saints youngster George Hendy seals the Premiership title

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok centre tears it up in the Top 14 for a crucial hattrick

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    English winger leaves defenders in his dust for long range score in Top 14

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 7 HOURS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Leinster prospect pulls off outlandish footballing skills in URC quarterfinal

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Wild start at Twickenham as Quins pull off another wonder-try

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Former French star's 'tackle of the season attempt' goes viral

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious interaction between Simon Zebo and journalist

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

View All

Amateur

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 HOURS AGO

    The three standout players that drove England’s victory over Japan

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Shock recall for veteran fullback ahead of international tests

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    England announce starting XV for Japan test

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Beauden Barrett returns to play for club side after 14 years

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Andy Goode includes Joe Marler in his England XV to beat New Zealand on summer tour

View All