A terrible eyelid injury has destroyed Joe Moody's hopes of playing England, ending a season full of pain and frustration.
The loosehead prop Moody's All Blacks are expected to start testing against England in London on Sunday morning until their team mate accidentally divides his eyelids during the training lineout at training at the squad base in south-west London on Tuesday.
The accident resulted in Moody's being taken to a plastic surgeon, having three layers of stitches inserted into the wound and told there was no chance he would play for six weeks.
Just considering Moody's medical files for 2018 makes for an experience of raising hair. His season was delayed due to a large shoulder operation, he broke his fingers at a club match, injured his knee playing for the Crusaders and then broke his thumb representing the All Blacks at the Rugby Championship.
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Reports of eyelid injuries are relatively rare, although as the All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said, if anyone would find a way to experience such misfortune, chances are that Canterbury's front rower.
"But Joe Moody has found a way to get himself hurt this year in an unusual way," Hansen said. "It's a straight-line elevator and he stole someone's hand. Someone else and that might be missed."
Moody, 30, will remain with the squad for the immediate future and his recovery will be managed carefully.
"And as our doctor explained, your eyelids are washing your windows. So, if you lose half of it, you can't erase your eyes and that can affect your vision for the long term," Hansen said.
"So we need to make sure he's okay."
Hansen is likely to consider starting Karl Tu & # 39; s safe without Moody's presence. Angus Taavao has been called in lieu of the squad and will join for three matches against England, Ireland and Italy.
The All Blacks team to play England will be released at 5pm Thursday.