Away from the field after a fractured cheekbone suffered in mid-July during the third test against Ireland (lost by the All Blacks 33-23, in Wellington), the historic second line Brodie Retallick is back in the New Zealand group which is to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Retallick (31, 95 caps) is ready to play with his province of Hawke’s Bay next Saturday to find some playing time.
“Brodie is ahead of his return schedule, and he is expected to play this Saturday, said New Zealand coach Ian Foster. If it goes well, we will reassess his case for the test against Argentina.”
The Blacks will, however, be without center Jack Goodhue, who has to undergo surgery for a knee injury. The duration of his absence from the field is not known, one year before the World Cup. The third line Sam Cane is the captain of a group of 36 players, who must confirm against Argentina the hopes glimpsed after the victory in South Africa (35-23) two weeks ago.