A disappointing off-season for the Hurricanes has become a whole lot worse with Ardie Savea injured.
The Canes will be without Savea for most of 2020 Super Rugby season with the flanker needing knee surgery.
Savea said on social media he needs the operation after hurting himself during the All Blacks World Cup semi-final loss to England.
"Pretty gutted when I found out even though I thought I'd be sweet if something like this happened," Savea wrote on Instagram.
With his recovery expected to last between five to six months, Savea may only return if the Hurricanes make the Super Rugby playoffs.