27 May 2013

Whitelock out of tests against France

5:49 am on 27 May 2013

The All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock will miss next month's three-test home series against France after suffering a fractured finger playing for the Crusaders.

Whitelock suffered the injury in Friday night's loss to the Chiefs, ruling him out of action for four to six weeks.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Whitelock will undergo a follow-up X-ray after which they should have a clearer picture of the injury and what that means for his return to rugby.

The injury blow means the All Blacks have lost two senior locks in matter of days after Ali Williams announced his retirement on Friday.

The Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush was on Saturday called up to the All Blacks training camp which started in Mt Maunganui on Sunday.

The All Blacks host France in the first test at Auckland on June the 8th, followed by matches in Christchurch and New Plymouth.