New Zealand prop Joe Moody sidelined for six weeks

Joe Moody will be out of action for six weeks
Joe Moody will be out of action for six weeks

New Zealand prop Joe Moody has been sidelined for close to six weeks following a torn eyelid that he sustained during training.

The incident happened when the players were practicing in a line out during which another player's hand accidentally hit his eye and now will miss the November series for Steve Hansen's men.

This is also the second injury blow for the 30-year-old this year after a fractured thumb restricted his participation in the Rugby Championship earlier this year.

“Joe Moody’s managed to find himself ways to get injured this year in unusual fashion,” Hansen told Sky Sports.

“He was doing a lineout lift and copped someone’s hand. Anyone else it probably would have missed, but Joe…

“The plastic surgeon has recommended six weeks, and as our doctor described it, the eyelid’s your window washer.

“If you’ve got half of it missing, you can’t wipe your eye, so it’ll affect your eyesight long-term so we need to make sure he’s OK.”

Moody's place in the starting XV against England has been taken by Karl Tu’inukuafe with Ofa Tuungafasi and Nepo Laulala providing impact from the bench.

Following the game against England, New Zealand will also face Ireland and Italy in the remainder of the November series in Lansdowne Road and Rome respectively.

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