Outgoing New Zealand Warriors playmaker Kieran Foran has been ruled out of contention for New Zealand in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup due to injury.
The NZRL confirmed Foran's new club, the Canterbury Bulldogs, have made him unavailable for the World Cup so he can recover from a quad and back strain he played through for the majority of the 2017 season with the Warriors.
The Kiwis do howeverr have good cover in the position with Te Maire Martin, Thomas Leuluai and Kodi Nikorima.
New Zealand co-hosts the World Cup alongside Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The tournament kicks off at the end of October.