New Zealand back-row Ardie Savea has confirmed that he will be wearing protective goggles for the upcoming World Cup game against Canada to be played in Oita on Wednesday.
Earlier, Italy fly-half Ian McKinley became the first player to wear goggles earlier this year after he lost sight on one of his eyes when a boot hit the face and now if Savea comes off the bench he will become the first player to do so in a World Cup game.
The 25-year-old is already experiencing loss of vision on his left eye and now reckons the specially-designed glasses is mandatory to preserve his right eye.
"Obviously if my right eye goes, I might be potentially blind," he said.
"I've got my little girl and, hopefully, future kids and a bigger family, so I want to be able to see.
"I'm just thinking of the bigger picture and trying to protect my eyes.
"In terms of vision and seeing [with the goggles], it's pretty sweet, and it's now just a matter of getting used to them."
Earlier, assistant coach Ian Foster said the team management has been monitoring Savea's eye problem for the last two years.
"It looks a little bit different but it's not unique," Foster said.
"I think it's great Ardie has been willing to make a decision for his health and that he's going to follow through with it."