New Zealand prop Joe Moody to miss remainder of Rugby Championship with injury

Joe Moody played 55 minutes in the game in Auckland last weekend
Joe Moody played 55 minutes in the game in Auckland last weekend

New Zealand prop Joe Moody will miss the remainder of the Rugby Championship campaign following a fractured thumb.

The 29-year-old sustained the injury during the second round of the competition in Auckland last weekend where he played 55 minutes before he was replaced by Karl Tuinukuafe.

Moody went on to score one of the six All Blacks tries as Steve Hansen's men completed a 40-12 victory to claim the Bledisloe Cup for the 16th consecutive year.

Chiefs prop Angus Ta'avao has been added to the New Zealand squad as a replacement for Moody with the World Champions set to host Argentina next in Nelson on 8th September.

"Moods has had an x-ray which has revealed a fracture in his left thumb," said Hansen.

"The good news is he'll be back in time for the northern tour to Japan and Europe.

"Angus had a big season for the Chiefs during the Investec Super Rugby season, was part of a very good Chiefs pack and has made big strides on the technical aspects of his position. We look forward to him joining the squad."

New Zealand currently hold the top position in the ongoing Rugby Championship 2018 table with wins in both the games against the Wallabies in Sydney and Auckland.