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McCaw out for a month

07th September 2013 12:49

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In the wars: Richie McCaw

New Zealand's victory over the Pumas in Hamilton on Saturday saw Richie McCaw being ruled out for a month.

The hosts ran out 28-13 victors in an encounter that was rather spoilt by persistent rain. The worry for New Zealand, as they prepare to entertain the Springboks next week, is that a change of captain is required for the Rugby Championship run-in.

The diagnosis is that McCaw has suffered a medial ligament knee injury. Head coach Steve Hansen confirmed the seriousness of the injury.

"At this stage it looks like a four to five-weeker," he told stuff.co.nz.

"He might wake up in the morning and feel a lot better, but we're not thinking it's going to be like that. We might as well get it out now and get on with it."

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