Hurricanes wing Nehe Milner-Skudder has revealed his disappointment after being ruled out for the season due to a shoulder injury.
The All Black speedster dislocated his left shoulder during last weekend's win over the Blues and will undergo surgery next week followed by a six-month rehabilitation programme.
Milner-Skudder will now also miss New Zealand's Test series with Wales later this year.
"Obviously a bit disappointed at the moment," Milner-Skudder told One News Now.
"It's tough just thinking that I won't be out there. It would have been great to build on what was an awesome season last year. Hopefully I tick all the boxes along the way to make sure I do come back in good knick."
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd also voiced his upset with the loss of the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year.
"It's sad for Nehe, because he had a really good Super campaign last year and was rewarded with some awards," said Boyd.
"He's a fantastic player and will be sorely missed."
All Black Cory Jane is set to replace Milner-Skudder when the Hurricanes take on the Force in Wellington this weekend.