The Kiwis prop Sam McKendry will miss the rest of the Four Nations rugby league tournament after severely breaking his jaw in Sunday's 36-0 lockout of Wales at Wembley Stadium in London.
The tough 22-year-old Penrith front rower is having surgery after being taken from the field following a heavy 54th-minute collision in a tackle.
Arriving at the same hospital a little later was Australian fullback Billy Slater, who was forced off with a broken collarbone early in the Kangaroos' contest against England, which they went on to win 36-20.
The prop Fuifui Moimoi suffered an ankle injury in just the 23rd minute but he is expected to be available for the Kiwis' final round-robin match against England in Hull next Saturday.
With the Kangaroos beating the Kiwis 26-12 last week the England-New Zealand encounter will be a sudden-death game to find the Australians' opponents in the final on November 19.