Todd and Fonotia out for a month
May 5, 2014
Crusaders 40-20 Brumbies (video available only in Australia)
Todd tore a calf muscle in the second minute of the 40-20 win on Saturday while Fonotia suffered the recurrence of a hamstring injury. Both are likely to miss the sixth-placed Crusaders' next four games until the June international window, possibly returning in the tour match against England in Christchurch on June 17.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is a ready-made replacement for in-form Todd on the Crusaders' openside flank, after his accomplished 80-minute return against the Brumbies after eight weeks out with a thumb injury.
Strapping wing Nemani Nadolo could shift in one spot to replace Fonotia in the centres, or coach Todd Blackadder may turn to Tom Taylor or Rey Lee-Lo. All Blacks utility Taylor is in doubt for their game against Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Sunday after a head knock against the Brumbies.