Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

All Blacks' Sam Cane broke neck at Loftus

All Blacks' Sam Cane broke neck at Loftus

The Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has come under fire for his late substitutions, which coincided with the All Blacks staging a comeback to snatch the win in the dying moments of the game.

The 26-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, but will be side-lined for several months and could possibly miss next year's World cup in Japan.

Hansen said a large group of players would then head to London after the Wallabies test, with the remainder staying behind to prepare for the Japan match.

This result has also denied the Boks their third Test win in succession and they will have to raise their game for the end of the year tour where they are up against England France, Scotland and Wales in Europe in November.

Nick Mallett, now a rugby analyst for the SuperSport television channel in South Africa, said the Springboks' 32-30 loss after leading for most of the game was "absolutely heartbreaking" but the All Blacks "deserve a lot of credit". "He gets through those games and not necessarily he jumps straight back into the test against Australia but he will have enough footy behind him to get some time at some stage on the tour which would be great", Hansen said of Coles.

He said Cane had surgery to stabilise the injury and would remain in Pretoria this week. I could see the disappointment in the players especially but the one big positive is that it seems like the Springboks are becoming a real threat to the number one team that has been there for the last five to six years. But again, I think that will be a good learning curve for us.

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