Joe Moody ruled out for six weeks

Date published: November 8 2018

The All Blacks have been dealt a blow with the news that prop Joe Moody has been sidelined for six weeks with a torn eyelid sustained in training.

Moody was practising a line-out when another player’s hand accidentally hit his eye. The 30-year-old will now miss New Zealand’s upcoming Tests against England, Ireland and Italy.

It has been a season plagued by injury for Moody, with a broken thumb cutting short his Rugby Championship campaign.

“Joe Moody’s managed to find himself ways to get injured this year in unusual fashion,” Hansen told Sky Sports.

“He was doing a lineout lift and copped someone’s hand. Anyone else it probably would have missed, but Joe…

“The plastic surgeon has recommended six weeks, and as our doctor described it, the eyelid’s your window washer.

“If you’ve got half of it missing, you can’t wipe your eye, so it’ll affect your eyesight long-term so we need to make sure he’s OK.”

Moody recently inked a new deal to commit to the All Blacks and the Crusaders until 2022.

Karl Tu’inukuafe will to start at loosehead in Moody’s absence for Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham, while Ofa Tuungafasi and Nepo Laulala are the reserve prop options.