All Blacks suffer setback as Jordan sidelined for six months

Jordan has been suffering from a shoulder injury

By Web Desk
February 20, 2024
Will Jordan. - All Blacks 

New Zealand outside back Will Jordan will be on the sidelines for the entire Super Rugby Pacific season and the July test series against England as he is set to undergo surgery on a shoulder injury, the Canterbury Crusaders announced on Tuesday.

Jordan, whose superb effort on the wing was a highlight of New Zealand's run to the World Cup final last year, had been suffering from the injury since last season, the club added.

"After assessment from the Crusaders medical team he will undergo surgery and as a result be unavailable for selection during the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season," the Super Rugby outfit said in a statement.

"He is expected to be fit to return to play in approximately six months."

The l25-year-old has notched a try a game in his 31-test career, including a tournament-topping eight at last year's World Cup, and will be sorely missed when the All Blacks face England twice and Fiji once in July.

His absence will also be a setback for the Crusaders as they go for an eighth straight Super Rugby title this season under new coach Rob Penney.

The Crusaders will start their title challenge with a re-match of last year's final against the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.