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Hurricanes hooker Matu'u out for six weeks
April 27, 2013
Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u feels the pain after breaking his arm, Hurricanes v Stormers, Super Rugby, FMG Stadium, Palmerston North, April 26, 2013
Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u's injury further depletes the club's stocks at rake © Getty Images

Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu'u has been sidelined for at least six weeks after fracturing his arm in Friday's 18-16 loss to the Stormers in Palmerston North.

Matu'u's right forearm fracture further depletes the Hurricanes' stocks at hooker, with first-choice Dane Coles already out with a fractured cheekbone.

The Hurricanes leave Wellington on Saturday for their two-week tour of South Africa, with games against the Bulls in Pretoria and the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Ash Dixon and Reggie Goodes will take over hooking duties in the 25-strong squad, with one more player to be confirmed.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett called on Southland hooker Jason Rutledge as cover earlier this year when Coles and Matu'u were in doubt with ankle and shoulder injuries respectively.

All Blacks wing Julian Savea will also travel to South Africa after appearing in Wellington District Court on Monday charged with assaulting his partner, and mother of his child, earlier this month.

He didn't enter a plea, and will next appear in court on May 15.

Hurricanes: Beauden Barrett, Tim Bateman, James Broadhurst, Ash Dixon, Jason Eaton, Ben Franks, Reggie Goodes, Jack Lam, Reynold Lee-Lo, Alapati Leiua, Faifili Levave, Karl Lowe, Ben May, TJ Perenara, Tusi Pisi, Matt Proctor, Mark Reddish, Julian Savea, Brad Shields, Conrad Smith, Chris Smylie, Andre Taylor, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Victor Vito.


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