Shoulder surgery likely to put end to Nehe Milner-Skudder’s Rugby World Cup hopes

The unpredicted hope of Nehe Milner-Skudder to compete in this year’s World Cup seems to have been shattered. Fans are excited to get their Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online to see live performances of their favourite team and players.

The 28-year-old star of the Hurricanes, who will join France’s top 14 clubs in Toulon next year, will have another surgery on his shoulder which has prevented him from playing Super Rugby throughout the season.

As a result, he will not participate at all in the Hurricanes this year, which means he probably played his last match in New Zealand.

Shoulder surgery likely to put end to Nehe Milner-Skudder's Rugby World Cup hopes
Shoulder surgery likely to put end to Nehe Milner-Skudder’s Rugby World Cup hopes

“There was plenty to work towards and look forward to on the Rugby to-do list,” Milner-Skudder posted to Instagram.

But unfortunately, because of persistent shoulder problems as a result of a previous surgery that did not go as well as we had hoped, it was the best decision to make again for everything is settled.

Milner-Skudder’s new injury is one of the many injuries that have plagued him since his debut as a test man in 2015. When he started to help the All Blacks win a third World Cup title in England.

The hot-stepping wing scored eight tries in eight test appearances that year and won the World Rugby Breakout Player of the Year award.

However, a series of injuries have severely limited his involvement in his playing at all levels of the game. Milner-Skudder has played only five other tests for the All Blacks in the three since this year’s Rugby World Cup.

He recently became an ambassador for the New Zealand rugby campaign for mental health in sport, highlighting the heavy consequences of his long list of injuries.

“I have been through a few injuries but this has easily been the toughest one both physically and mentally,” he said.

However, I’m not ready to give up any time soon, I love a good challenge and I have so much love and support around me.

Milner-Skudder is expected to join New Zealand compatriots Julian Savea, Liam Messam and Bryce Heem as he returns to Toulon for the 2019/20 season later this year.

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