Wynne Gray

Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

Rugby: McCaw needs specialist for thumb

Richie McCaw faces a lay-off of two months at least after inevitable thumb surgery. Photo / Getty Images
Richie McCaw faces a lay-off of two months at least after inevitable thumb surgery. Photo / Getty Images

Richie McCaw's only complication in returning to rugby appears to be getting an appointment for surgery on his broken thumb.

Medics think McCaw will need two months to recover from an operation to insert a screw in his broken left thumb.

He has seen a specialist and had images taken on the damage but finding a specialist in Christchurch to perform the operation is proving more difficult.

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General opinion is that McCaw will be primed for a Super rugby return after the Crusaders bye in round 11.

That will give him games against the Brumbies, Reds, Sharks, Highlanders and Force to get back into top shape before the start of the June test series against England.

- NZ Herald

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