Rugby: All Blacks casualty ward on red alert

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Test series won and progress made, now the All Blacks coaches have to sit helpless for the next six weeks fearful that an already dramatic injury toll will rise as a result of the increased intensity, travel and lack of rest that is inherent in the last stages of Super Rugby.

 

Test series won and progress made, now the All Blacks coaches have to sit helpless for the next six weeks fearful that an already dramatic injury toll will rise as a result of the increased intensity, travel and lack of rest that is inherent in the last stages of Super Rugby.

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Since Super Rugby expanded to 15 teams in 2011, this post-June period has been the most fraught and difficult for the elite players to manage workloads and deal with the relentless demands made of them.

 

It's been at this point in previous years when some good players have suddenly hit the wall, struggled to produce their best form and looked off the pace.

It has also been a notorious period for injuries - too many consecutive big games taking their toll and the All Blacks robbed of star talent for the Bledisloe Cup.

Which is hardly surprising given that there is no break between Super Rugby and the June tests.

Those players involved with the All Blacks came into the series having played tough Super Rugby games seven days before the first test and some will now be playing Super Rugby just six days after the last test.

The All Blacks had to start the June series without senior men such as Dane Coles, Brodie Retallick, Kieran Read and Sonny Bill Williams and were then forced to call in various injury replacements to cover for the likes of Liam Squire, Jordan Taufua, Vaea Fifita and Beauden Barrett.

All of those players are on track to be fit for the Rugby Championship but it will be miraculous if there are no casualties between now and the first Bledisloe Cup game on August 18, especially as there is the real prospect of one or two New Zealand teams potentially having to travel to South Africa for playoff games.

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