21 Nov 2008

Flynn out of All Blacks tour

5:53 am on 21 November 2008

The All Blacks hooker Corey Flynn has suffered a fractured left forearm and will miss the two remaining matches on the All Blacks UK Tour.

All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson says Flynn suffered a knock to his arm during the match against Munster on Wednesday but was unaware he had suffered any injury, and continued playing the match.

He complained of soreness the following and day and an x-ray in Cardiff confirmed that he has suffered a fracture to his arm.

All Blacks Coach Graham Henry says the injury to Flynn would see Hikawera Elliot move to the bench for the Test against Wales.

A decision on whether or not a replacement hooker is needed for the remainder of the Tour will be made following the Wales Test.

Meanwhile, Tony Woodcock has been confirmed to start the Test at loosehead prop. A decision on the other propping position will be made in due course, with Neemia Tialata recovering from a viral infection.