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Naholo to miss World Cup due to injury

July 18, 2015 1:51 am

All Blacks new recruit Waisake Naholo will miss the Rugby World Cup due to a broken leg.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had intended on taking the Fijian winger to South Africa but has been forced to make a change.

He made a solid start to his Test career before sustaining the injury in the 57th minute when he was tossed across the sideline.

The 24-year-old Naholo was unwanted by the Blues but had an outstanding season for the Highlanders this year and was rewarded by being named in the All Blacks squad late June.

The All Blacks will name their World Cup squad on August 31.

In 2011 Fiji-born Naholo was selected New Zealand under-20 side for the Junior World Championship, and the following year picked in the All Blacks Sevens squad.

Naholo played in every match for Taranaki in 2014, scoring nine tries in the competition and was a key player in helping his side clinch the ITM Cup national title.