All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has gone into more detail about the odd eye injury prop Joe Moody has sustained that will see him head back to the sidelines for six weeks.
Hansen told media today Moody suffered a lacerated eyelid during lineout training after copping a wayward finger during practice, leading to three layers of stitching and the need to wear an eye patch.
"He's out for six weeks which adds to his year - poor bugger," Hansen said.
"Joe Moody has found a way to get himself injured in unusual fashion this year... anyone else it would probably have missed his eye.
"Plastic surgeon has recommended the six weeks and as our doctor described it your eyelid is your window washer so if you've got half of it missing you can't wipe your eye so it will impact your eyesight long term so we need to make sure he is okay."
It ends a frustrating season for Moody who has missed the majority of the season due to numerous injuries with the Crusaders and All Blacks.
Hansen also revealed Angus Ta'avao has been called into the squad as replacement. He got the call ahead of Tim Perry due to his ability to play both sides of the scrum.