Luckless Nehe Milner-Skudder out until 2018 with dislocated shoulder

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All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder is all but certain to miss the rest of the Test season with a dislocated right shoulder.

Nehe Milner-Skudder lands awkwardly on his arm picking up an injury

Nehe Milner-Skudder lands awkwardly on his arm picking up an injury

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The luckless Hurricanes back has endured a tough 18 months with injuries, having dislocated his left shoulder in early 2016 and then broken a bone in his foot during the early stages of this year's Super Rugby campaign.

He's now set for another stint on the sidelines after landing awkwardly on his shoulder in the All Blacks' 25-24 win over South Africa.

Head coach Steve Hansen confirmed to reporters that the 26-year-old Milner-Skudder had dislocated his shoulder in the blow.

He'd skip the side's third Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia in late October, and almost certainly miss their end-of-year tour.

If so, he won't play again until the resumption of Super Rugby in 2018.

The Springboks match was Milner-Skudder's third Test of 2017, having played in the reverse fixture in Albany and against Argentina in New Plymouth.

Fast, elusive and prolific, the Manawatu man took the rugby world by storm in 2015, breaking into the All Blacks squad for their successful World Cup tilt.

He showed glimpses of that form in today's Cape Town Test, making three line breaks and throwing an audacious flick pass to Aaron Smith.

With Ben Smith on sabbatical and Israel Dagg sidelined, Waisake Naholo is the most likely right-wing replacement, while Julian Savea may earn a Test recall.

The versatile David Havili is another option at Hansen's disposal.

Elsewhere, Hansen confirmed that star first-five Beauden Barrett had suffered a concussion in today's win, but should recover quickly.

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