All Blacks coach Steve Hansen allowed himself a moment of levity when discussing the injury misfortune suffered by Damian McKenzie.
The Chiefs back will miss this year’s World Cup in Japan after rupturing his ACL in Saturday’s Super Rugby win over the Blues.
He could take as long as nine months to recover, meaning he is unlikely to be fit for September’s Japan World Cup.
"His World Cup opportunity's gone but he's still young enough to make probably the next two," Hansen said.
It's just important he gets his knee right and takes the time to be able to come back and achieve the dreams that he wants to achieve."
He was likely have been selected alongside Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga as one of three first-fives.
"It's a pill you have to swallow, it’s not one you like, but you have to swallow it, it’s happened, I can’t fix his knee," Hansen said with a wry smile.
"We have to accept that, and so does he, and the quicker we accept it the quicker we can move onto the next task."