Cruden cleared after neck scare

Date published: June 18 2016

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All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden has been given the all clear after undergoing precautionary scans on his neck in hospital.

Cruden was stretchered off and replaced by Beauden Barrett during New Zealand's win over Wales in Wellington on Saturday.

Speaking after the win, Steve Hansen gave a positive update as the All Blacks celebrated a 2-0 series lead over the tourists going into the final Test.

"The doc's been in touch and it sounds like he's going to be OK," Hansen told reporters.

"They're doing a few precautionary things but the word is he's going to be good.

"When he got tackled, Luke Charteris – by accident, not deliberately – ended up catching him and bending his neck over as he came over the top.

"So there was a bit of a crack, but by all accounts from the hospital there's nothing damaged, they're pretty positive."

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