New Zealander Narawa withdraws from the entire tournament

New Zealander Narawa withdraws from the entire tournament

There is no world championship for Imoni Narawa. Henry Nichols/AFP

New Zealand coach Ian Foster has announced that All Blacks winger Emoni Narawa, who injured his back in training on Monday, will miss the entire FIFA World Cup finals.

On the sidelines of announcing the fifteenth player who will face France in the opening of the tournament next Friday at the Stade de France, the All Blacks coach revealed Imoni Narawa’s World Cup package.

It's very sadsaid Foster at the Créteil Conservatory of Music.He's just recovered from back pain after the game against Argentina (in July, a 41-12 New Zealand win, editor's note). He felt good, he was training well and worked incredibly hard, but on Monday, at the end of training, he got injured“.

The 24-year-old Waikato Chiefs winger has suffered a herniated disc and will return to New Zealand. “After Friday's game, we will plan to replace him“Foster explained.”It might be the third line. We'll see how things develop with Brody Retallick and Shannon Frizzell this weekend.“.

In fact, New Zealand must go into the match without second-row Retallick, who has a knee injury, and third-winger Frizzell, who has a hamstring injury, for the start of the World Cup. The date of their return to competition has not yet been determined.

The All Blacks also withdrew from the opening match against France center Jordie Barrett, and he was replaced by the experienced Anton Lienert-Brown. After France on Friday, the Blacks will face Namibia in Toulouse (September 15), Italy in Lyon (September 29), and Uruguay in Lyon (October 5), in Group A.

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