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McCaw to have surgery on broken thumb

Published: 3:32PM Monday March 03, 2014 Source: ONE Sport

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw saw a specialist today to assess his broken thumb and will receive surgery tomorrow to have a screw inserted. 
 
This is a very common operation for an injury of this type - a Bennett's fracture. The screw remains in permanently but should have no long-term effects. 
 
The recovery time is still expected to be up to eight weeks.

McCaw sustained the injury during the first half of the Crusaders' Super Rugby defeat against the Blues at Eden Park last Friday.

The red and blacks have enough worries as it is, sitting on the bottom of the Super Rugby ladder after two defeats at the start of their 2014 campaign.

But just because you're the All Black captain doesn't mean you get special treatment, neither at the Crusaders nor at the hospital.
 
"Oh, it's only Richie McCaw," Crusaders assistant coach Dave Hewett told ONE Sport today. "No, he will be fitted in. They've got time schedules they have to work to as well."

Hewett's troops have plenty to work on themselves after a performance that saw the seven time champions starting on a high with an early 17-3 lead.

But things quickly came crashing to an almighty low after the Blues hit back to post four tries in a 15-minute period either side of the halftime break.

Meanwhile, questions have again been raised around supplements, legal highs, and whether their influence has made its way in to rugby.

Crusaders flanker George Whitelock said "there's a lot of of temptations that sporting people get faced with quite often".

"It's a matter of taking yourself away from that and not being in that situation to feel the pressure or even get involved," he said.

But the Crusaders believe their current issues are on the field, not off it.
 
"Our players know the consequences. I'd like to think none of them are (involved) and I'm confident none of them are," Hewett said.

The players are adamant that if they do spot any such issues they will confront them head on. 

And with the risk of losing three in a row, it's clear mucking around of any sort, anywhere, won't be tolerated at the Crusaders.

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