1 Apr 2013

Injury blow for Crusaders

9:13 am on 1 April 2013

The Crusaders' gritty Super Rugby victory over the Stormers in Cape Town has come at a price with winger Jonny McNicholl suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

Telusa Veainu will join the squad as cover for the next game in Durban against the Sharks.

All Blacks prop Owen Franks will miss that game with a rib injury. Dan Carter won't be making an early return from baby duty for the Sharks match but is set to return for the game at the Force the following weekend.

The New Zealand women's rugby sevens team have won their World Series tournament in China, while the national men's side lost theirs in Japan.