New Zealand Rugby
All Blacks face Leonard wait
ESPNscrum Staff
October 3, 2010
Waikato's Brendan Leonard is stretchered from the field, Northland v Waikato, ITM Cup, Toll Stadium, Whangerei, New Zealand, October 2, 2010
Brendon Leonard left the Toll Stadium pitch in a neck brace © Getty Images

Waikato scrum-half Brendon Leonard faces an anxious wait to see if he will be fit to tour with New Zealand after he was knocked unconcious in Saturday's ITM Cup clash against Northland.

The 25-year-old No.9 was taken to hospital following a head collision with Northland fullback Lachie Munro midway through the second half of Saturday's match in Whangarei. He left the field in a neck brace as a precaution and was taken for immediate tests on the injury but was released late last night.

"Brendon was knocked unconscious and sustained an injury to his right ear," team doctor Paul Kennedy said in a statement. "He was released from the hospital after being cleared for any serious injuries and will be seeing an ear, nose and throat specialist next week to determine the length of time he will be unavailable to play rugby."

Leonard, capped 13 times by the All Blacks, will be hoping for a speedy recovery given the New Zealand's end-of-year tour squad is named on October 17.

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