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Weepu and Elliot return home injured
November 4, 2013
Auckland's Piri Weepu barks an order, Auckland v Counties Manukau, ITM Cup, Eden Park, Auckland, September 4, 2013
Piri Weepu failed to recover from injury sustained in training © Getty Images
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Maori All Blacks hooker Hika Elliot and scrum-half Piri Weepu are returning home after sustaining injuries during the team's North American tour.

Elliot suffered a neck injury halfway through the first half of the match against Canada and will be replaced by Tasman hooker Quentin MacDonald.

Weepu was ruled out just before kick-off after failing to recover from a knee injury sustained in training on Saturday. Wellington halfback Chris Smylie has been called in as his replacement.

Both players will arrive in Philadelphia on Tuesday ahead of the Maori All Blacks' next match against the USA on Sunday November 9.

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