On the cusp of the opening of the Super Rugby season, the Hurricanes and Cory Jane have received the worst possible news; Stuff reports:
Cory Jane is set to miss the entire Hurricanes Super Rugby season after suffering a potentially season ending knee injury during training in Paraparaumu yesterday.
The All Blacks wing was carried off the training pitch yesterday and scans last night confirmed significant damage to his right Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Though no time has yet been officially set on his rehabilitation the injury will likely mean at least three months on the sideline and more if it requires surgery.
An official release left that option open, but it appears certain after Jane tweeted tonight that he did need to go under the knife before vowing “I WILL BE BACK”.
The extent of that surgery will determine the next step in his recovery.
Jane will see an orthopedic surgeon to determine the next step in his recovery.The 29-year-old was too upset to speak last night, but still donned the Zoro costume he had planned to wear to Wellington’s IRB Sevens tournament tweeting that it was "too good to waste" while watching the event on television from his couch.
The injury will cast a pall over the Hurricanes opening preseason match against the Crusaders in Timaru tomorrow.
The injury happened during an open training session at the Paraparaumu Domain where he was carried from the field by a teammate and then seen on crutches in the club rooms shortly afterwards.
It is a cruel blow for the 41-test veteran who had only just rejoined his Super Rugby squad after his annual leave break following his stellar All Blacks season.
“It is devastating for Cory to have suffered this serious injury when he was looking so strong for this season following such a successful 2012. We know that CJ is focussed and dedicated to his rehabilitation. So he will be committed to working hard in his recovery to come back better and stronger,” coach Mark Hammett said.
“This is not the news we wanted to hear at the start of the season and we acknowledge the loss of a world-class player. However, we have a strong squad for 2013 and CJ’s misfortune means it’s an opportunity for another player to step up.”
It’s expected Jane will continue to play a strong leadership role and assist the Hurricanes management in this year’s competition.
“Cory’s energy, experience and public following means he still has a lot to give to the game and the team,” Mark Hammett said.
Over the last couple of years, Cory Jane has developed into one of the best right wingers in world rugby. His reliability under the high ball, and his ability to beat defenders in tight situations has made him a first-choice All Black.
It's great too that Mark Hammett intends to retain Jane in a management capacity. He is a popular and influential member of the Hurricanes, and keeping him in the loop and utilising those attributes makes lots of sense.
We wish Cory Jane all the best with his surgery and rehabilitation. The mark of a great player is how he copes with adversity, and we are sure that Cory Jane will bounce back from this setback with his characteristic enthusiasm and energy. But he will be sorely missed in 2013.
Get well soon CJ.