Knee injury rules Eaton out of Super 14

All Black lock Jason Eaton will miss the remainder of the Wellington Hurricanes’ Super 14 rugby season after rupturing knee ligaments during Saturday’s home match against the Lions.

Eaton, who has played 15 Tests, ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is likely to need surgery, which will prevent him playing for six months. He suffered a similar injury to his left knee in 2007.

The Hurricanes were without All Black backs Conrad Smith and Tamati Ellison when they left for South Africa for matches against the Cheetahs, Stormers and Bulls.

Ellison has a bruised shoulder while Smith has a sprained ligament in his right thumb. Both are likely to be fit to rejoin the Hurricanes later in their three-match South African tour.

Wellington’s All Black winger Hosea Gear is already sidelined for at least a month after undergoing knee surgery.

The Hurricanes, with the Bulls and Waikato Chiefs, are one of only three unbeaten teams in the Super 14 after three rounds.—Sapa-AP

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