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Read (high ankle sprain) and Thomson (inside elbow) suffered the injuries in the All Blacks' final Tri-Nations test, a 25-20 loss to Australia in Brisbane on Saturday night, and received MRI scans in Christchurch yesterday on their return to New Zealand.
''Kieran has torn the ligament between the tibia and fibula at the front of his left ankle and while it's still early days in his recovery, with aggressive rehabilitation we are aiming to have him available to play near the end of the round robin,'' All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson said.
''Adam's MRI scan shows some swelling around the inside of his elbow which should settle quickly. He also has some deep bruising to his upper arm and while it's difficult to know how long that will take to settle, we are hoping he will be ready for selection for the All Blacks' second round robin match against Japan.''In other words they are doubtful. A guy of Reads size is going to find it tough to get 100% out of ligament damage in the short term.
Good point David
There are some big packs heading your way
If the SH teams believe that the touch rugby of the tri nations will suffice - they will be in for a big shock.
The physicality of England, France, Samoa, Argentina, Italy etc will have a big influence on the WC