After showing the sublime form that earned him 16 All Black caps this season, his injury plague continues with the star needing shoulder surgery for the seventh time in his rugby career.
This is worrying for any player, but for one whose style of play is to hit hard and fast, the signs of yet another class player will be lost because he body cannot stand the rigors of top flight rugby.
Kahui will undergo surgery this week which will mean that he has plaid his last match for the Chiefs as if he recovers, he will make the trip to Japan to cash in while his body still allows.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie confirmed Kahui’s four or five month recovery time: He’d be no good for us this season, Structurally it’s actually okay. There’s no ligament damage in there – it’s more the muscle has come away and it has to be stitched back down so that takes a wee while to recover.” Rennie told Fairfax.
“He’s still got a contract in Japan and hopefully if they’re happy with the progress that still happens for him but I guess if that doesn’t eventuate then he can look at options back here, The first thing is, he’s just got to get it right. I think some people would battle to come back, but he’s one guy who has already come back from four operations, He’s pretty determined and very professional, so I’m pretty confident he’ll come back from it.” Rennie said.
All of us here at Rugby Window wish him a speedy recovery and hope that we see him in an All Black jersy once again.