Rugby: Williams' season ends with injury

All Blacks lock Ali Williams is to undergo knee surgery and will be out of rugby for at least eight weeks. Photo / Getty Images.
All Blacks lock Ali Williams is to undergo knee surgery and will be out of rugby for at least eight weeks. Photo / Getty Images.

All Blacks lock Ali Williams will have knee surgery that will keep him out of rugby for at least eight weeks.

Williams started last night's last-minute 22-19 defeat of Ireland from the bench and, although the injury is in the same knee which the 31-year-old had an operation on in the off-season, All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson said it was a new injury.

"Ali developed a sore right knee over the last couple of weeks and a scan has revealed that he has a flap of loose articular cartilage which will require surgery,'' Robinson said. "He will see a surgeon this week in Auckland.

"It's obviously disappointing for Ali to have this new injury but he is expected to make a full recovery. Once he has had the surgery, we will have a clearer idea of how long he will be out of rugby but it he is expected to be out for a minimum of eight weeks.''

Chiefs loose forward Liam Messam has been brought into the All Blacks squad as cover.

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