Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu has offered his support to injured All Black Damian McKenzie, after injury ruled the Chiefs' livewire was ruled out of this year's Rugby World Cup.
With 23-year old McKenzie ruled out for up to nine months after a ruptured ACL her suffered against the Blues last weekend, All Blacks teammate Tuipulotu is experienced in the heartbreak of missing out on a World Cup, having been scratched from the 2015 tournament after requiring hip surgery.
Speaking to Stuff, Tuipulotu was philosophical about McKenzie's injury, as the All Blacks now search for a replacement for the versatile playmaker.
"It's pretty harsh, especially for a player of Damian's calibre," Tuipulotu said.
"He'll be missed, but it is a reminder one moment can take it all away."
"I know first-hand how that feels to miss a World Cup."
Tuipulotu will be hoping for his first taste of a Rugby World Cup, having attended the All Blacks' Wellington foundation day earlier this week.