Hickey blow for Baby Blacks

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:40
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New Zealand’s Under-20 side has been dealt a blow with captain Simon Hickey out for the remainder of the Junior World Championship

New Zealand’s Under-20 side has been dealt a blow with captain Simon Hickey out for the remainder of the Junior World Championship.
 
The play-maker has been instrumental for the U20 host nation along side his Blues Super Rugby team-mate, Tevita Li.
 
Hickey came off in the second half of New Zealand’s final pool match against Scotland on Tuesday with an ankle pain. 
 
New Zealand won 54-7, and booked themselves a place in the JWC semifinals.
 
New Zealand U20 Coach Chris Boyd said Hickey had suffered a high ankle sprain that will see him out of play for approximately 4-6 weeks.
 
“We’re obviously feeling for Simon who is disappointed his tournament is done," the coach said
 
"He is an influential player of real calibre, so we are disappointed to be losing his skills and leadership on the field.  
 
"Fortunately, we do have a couple of good options in players who have all had a run, and we know they will be keen to step up to the mark.
 
“Simon will continue to support the campaign and team from off the field so it will be fantastic to keep that support and knowledge in our environment.”
 
Tasman’s 19-year-old David Havili has been called in as a replacement.
 
The former Nelson College student, was part of the national U20 programme through to the selection camp. 
 
He is a utility back who can cover flyhalf, wing and fullback.
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