All Blacks utility back George Moala has been ruled out of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Sydney due to injury.
New Zealand’s backline coach, Ian Foster, said the 25-year-old, who can play in midfield or on the wing, sustained a knee injury at training.
“George Moala did a medial yesterday at training so he’s going to be out for a few weeks,” he told Fairfax Media.
“No replacement will be called in, not this week.”
Foster wouldn’t comment on whether Moala was set to be in the All Blacks’ starting line-up for the Rugby Championship opener.
“He was just one of the four (centres) that we were considering,” he said.
With Moala out, Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa look set to start in midfield this weekend as the only other centre in the squad is Anton Lienert-Brown, who is uncapped at Test level.
“It’s disappointing,” added Foster.
“He [Moala] came in as a replacement in June,[and] really took his opportunity well in that Test.
“He was [now] in fantastic shape and the signs were looking good and he’s had a bit of a temporary setback. That happens in this business so he’ll go away and get that right and hopefully charge back sooner than later.”