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Richie McCaw breaks thumb, out for 8 weeks

March 1, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will be sidelined for up to eight weeks after suffering a broken thumb Friday in the second round of the Super 15 rugby tournament.

McCaw suffered the injury in the first half of the Crusaders’ match against the Auckland-based Blues on Friday and took no part in the second half. The Christchurch-based Crusaders confirmed the injury Saturday and said it was not yet clear whether McCaw would have to undergo surgery.

The Crusaders lost the match 35-24 after being beaten 18-10 by the defending champion Chiefs in their opening match of the season. McCaw’s injury has now dealt a new and heavy blow to the seven-time champions.

McCaw may not return before the Crusaders’ round 12 match against the ACT Brumbies on May 3.

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