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Bryn Evans To Undergo Surgery

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Bryn Evans To Undergo Surgery

All Blacks and Hawke's Bay lock Bryn Evans is to undergo surgery on his back and is out of rugby for the foreseeable future.

24-year-old Evans was forced to withdraw from the Hawke's Bay team for their Air New Zealand Cup match against Wellington on Saturday after suffering back pain while training last week.

All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said Evans had undergone a scan and seen a specialist this week and has suffered a small disc prolapse in his back and will require surgery.

Dr Robinson said it was too early to tell just how long Evans would be out of rugby.

"It's a case of him having his surgery and recovering from that first. Then he will go through his rehabilitation and we will take it from there," she said.

All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said it was disappointing time for Evans, who made his Test debut this year coming off the bench in the two Iveco Series Tests against France in June.

"Bryn is an extremely skilful player and had been making great progress in the All Blacks environment and we will be supporting him as he goes through his rehabilitation," he said.

Meanwhile, the following All Blacks players are available for selection for their Air New Zealand Cup provincial teams or other teams this weekend: Luke McAlister (North Harbour), Jimmy Cowan (Southland), Aled de Malmanche and Brendon Leonard (Waikato), Dan Carter, Wyatt Crockett and Kieran Read (Canterbury), John Afoa, Jerome Kaino and Josevata Rokocoko (Auckland), Jason Eaton (Taranaki), Tanerau Latimer (Bay of Plenty) and Cory Jane, Rodney So'oialo, Neemia Tialata and Piri Weepu (Wellington/Wellington B).

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