Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

All Black Sonny Bill Williams to miss France Tests after knee surgery

All Black Sonny Bill Williams to miss France Tests after knee surgery

Sonny Bill Williams has today been ruled out of the entire All Blacks' series against France, due to an old knee injury flaring up this week.

New Zealand had earlier said that Williams would miss the three-match home series after aggravating an existing injury while training with his Super Rugby team the Auckland Blues this week.

A scan on the problem has revealed a loose piece of bone in the knee joint and, after undergoing keyhole surgery, Williams is expected to be unable to train for at least four weeks.

The 32-year-old was scheduled for a keyhole operation in Auckland on Friday.

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The All Blacks announced the Blues star and double World Cup victor would be out of rugby for "several weeks" after having to undergo a surgical procedure.

He will be replaced by Bay of Plenty midfielder Terrence Hepetema in the Blues' starting lineup to face the Rebels at Eden Park on Saturday (5.15pm kickoff).

France play New Zealand on June 9 in Auckland, a week later in Wellington and then on June 23 in Dunedin.

Hansen named five midfield specialists in his squad, including Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape and the uncapped Jack Goodhue.

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