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Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks winger George Bridge out with chest injury

Caleb Clark in line to be promoted from bench for match against Australia in Auckland

New Zealand's George Bridge is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in training. AFP
New Zealand's George Bridge is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in training. AFP

All Blacks winger George Bridge will miss the second Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia after suffering a chest injury that could sideline him for up to six months, the team said on Thursday.

Bridge suffered the injury while training on Wednesday.

"George Bridge will be out of rugby for up to six months after suffering a chest injury in field training yesterday," New Zealand Rugby said.

"He'll be assessed over the next 48 hours to determine the next course of action."

The 25-year-old started on the left wing in the first Bledisloe Cup game last weekend and was likely to have been named again for the second Test.

Caleb Clarke produced an impressive cameo on debut off the bench in the 16-16 draw at Wellington Regional Stadium and could get his first Test start with Bridge ruled out.

Rieko Ioane, who has played 25 of his 30 Tests in the number 11 jersey, could also move to the wing after he started at centre in Wellington, allowing Jack Goodhue and Anton Lienert-Brown to reunite in the midfield.

The All Blacks have spent the week dealing with injuries with experienced lock Sam Whitelock battling concussion symptoms and fly-half Richie Mo'unga dealing with shoulder soreness.

Beauden Barrett was a late withdrawal from last week's game due to an Achilles' injury and assistant coach John Plumtree said he had played a minimal part in training on Wednesday.

The teams for the Auckland Test will be named on Friday.

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