All Black flanker Ardie Savea is set to miss several months of the 2020 Super Rugby season after it was confirmed that he will undergo surgery on a knee injury sustained at the World Cup.
The Hurricanes star was injured in New Zealand’s 19-7 semi-final defeat to England.
"Thought I'd let you guys know that I'll be getting surgery on my knee that I injured in the semi-final," Savea, who made the six-man shortlist for the World Rugby Player of the Year, wrote on Instagram.
"Unfortunately will be out for 5-6 months so will miss the majority of the Super Rugby season with my Canes brothers."
The Super Rugby season starts on January 31st with Savea most likely targeting a comeback in the play-offs in June should The Hurricanes make it through.
He will also be hoping to get himself back in contention for an international return with the All Blacks due to play Wales twice in July followed by a game against Scotland.