20 Sep 2010

Thomson set to sit out Commonwealth Games, end of year tour

6:10 pm on 20 September 2010

Adam Thomson's rugby season is over.

The Otago flanker will miss the New Zealand sevens team's defence of their Commonwealth Games gold medal next month as well as the All Blacks end of year tour, after suffering a grade two medial ligament strain in his 50th match for Otago yesterday.

It's a double blow for Otago as Northland posted their first win at Carisbrook since 1979.

Thomson's set to sit out the next 8 to 10 weeks so won't play again this year.

Meanwhile two other injured All Blacks are in a race against time to get fit for the northern tour.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry and his medical staff have their fingers crossed that winger Sitiveni Sivivatu and hooker Andrew Hore will have recovered from their shoulder injuries in time to be considered for the tour which starts with the Hong Kong Bledisloe Cup Test at the end of next month.

Henry says he's hopeful both will get an ITM Cup game in before the tour party leaves for Hong Kong.

He began a two-day meeting with local Super Rugby coaches today at the Rugby Union headquarters in Wellington with player welfare and rest the main themes.