Prop forced to sit out northern hemisphere trip with serious injury.
All Blacks prop Joe Moody was ruled out of New Zealand’s northern hemisphere tour with a broken leg Sunday on the eve of the squad’s departure.
Moody, who was a new call-up, suffered the injury during Saturday’s national provincial championship final won by his Canterbury side 29-13 over Wellington.
He has been replaced by his Wellington opposite Jeff Toomaga-Allen.
“We have spoken to Joe and he is obviously very disappointed,” said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen.
“He has just got to deal with the adversity the best he can and get back into a positive frame of mind and working hard.”
Toomaga-Allen was named in the All Blacks training squad before the June Test series against France but had to pull out because of an injury.
Twenty-seven of Hansen’s squad will head to Japan for the first Test of the tour on Saturday, with the remaining nine flying direct to Paris for the second Test against France the following week.
Squad for Japan: Dane Coles, Andrew Hore, Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Jeff Toomaga-Allen. Dominic Bird, Brodie Retallick, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw, Luke Whitelock, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Dan Carter, Tom Taylor, Ryan Crotty, Ma’a Nonu, Francis Saili, Frank Halai, Charles Piutau, Ben Smith.
Players heading to Paris: Tony Woodcock, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Kieran Read, Liam Messam, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Julian Savea.