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Kerr-Barlow sidelined for six weeks

26th March 2013 10:33

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Tawera Kerr Barlow Chiefs v Highlanders 2013

Tawera Kerr-Barlow: Broke his jaw

Chiefs scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow has been ruled out for six weeks after breaking his jaw in last weekend's win over the Highlanders.

The 22-year-old All Black, who initially thought it was an aggravation of wisdom tooth pain, took a bang to his mouth in the 19-7 triumph in Hamilton and received treatment a couple of times during the match.

He had his swollen jaw x-rayed on Saturday and it turned out that he had broken it.

"[Kerr-Barlow's] face was swollen after the game - he obviously got a bang around there - and it had been sore in the week leading into it," Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie told Fairfax Media.

"He had a scan the day before and there was nothing visible other than something around his wisdom tooth."

The loss of Kerr-Barlow is a blow for the defending champions but Rennie will not be too worried as another All Blacks scrum-half, Brendon Leonard, is set to return after recovering from a fractured cheekbone which kept him on the sidelines since last month.

"It's good timing with Harry [Leonard] coming back in but it's tough for Tawera and he's pretty gutted," Rennie added.

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