Rugby: Cane and Laulala ruled out with head knocks

Sam Cane will miss the clash with the Stormers after suffering a head knock. Photo / Getty
Sam Cane will miss the clash with the Stormers after suffering a head knock. Photo / Getty

The Chiefs will be missing two keys forwards for next week's showdown against the Stormers, with both Sam Cane and Nepo Laualala suffering concussion in last night's in over the Bulls.

Cane lasted only three minutes after coming off second-best in an early tackle attempt while Laulala was replaced at halftime after failing an initial head injury assessment.

And with the Chiefs flying out for Africa on Monday morning, neither man will be able to make the trip, though Cane is a chance of joining his teammates later on tour.

The openside flanker will definitely miss Sunday morning's encounter with the Stormers, a big blow for the Chiefs' hopes in the clash between unbeaten teams, but fitness permitting will be available for subsequent matches against the Cheetahs and Force.

Laulala, on the other hand, will remain in Hamilton throughout, replaced in the squad by uncapped Bay of Plenty front rower Aidan Ross.

Midfielder Johnny Faauli is another in doubt after being cited for a no-arms tackle during the 28-12 victory over the Bulls, bracketed in the squad with Tasman rookie Alex Nankivell.

Chiefs squad for the South African tour:

FORWARDS:
Kane Hames
Siegfried Fisi'ihoi
Aidan Ross
Hika Elliot
Brayden Mitchell
Atu Moli
Sosefo Kautai
Dominic Bird
Brodie Retallick
Taleni Seu
Mitchell Brown
Liam Messam
Lachlan Boshier
Michael Leitch
Sam Cane (to travel later pending fitness)

BACKS:
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Finlay Christie
Aaron Cruden
Stephen Donald
Johnny Faauli/Alex Nankivell
Anton Lienert-Brown
Sam McNicol
Toni Pulu
James Lowe
Solomon Alaimalo
Shaun Stevenson
Damian McKenzie

- NZ Herald

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