All Blacks: Flyhalf Cruden's neck injury not serious

All Blacks: Flyhalf Cruden's neck injury not serious

Updated Mar. 5, 2020 2:05 a.m. ET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says a neck injury suffered by flyhalf Aaron Cruden during Saturday's second rugby test against Wales is not thought to be serious and he might be fit to play in the third test next weekend.

Cruden was carried from the field in the 32nd minute of the match after a collision with Wales lock Luke Charteris.

Hansen said Cruden was ''a bit stiff and sore. We'll monitor him over the next few days to see whether he's going to be right to play next weekend but hospital's very happy with it.''

Hansen said New Zealand had the option of starting Beauden Barrett or Lima Sopoaga at flyhalf if Cruden is unavailable for the third test in Dunedin.

New Zealand won the second test 36-22 to take an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-test series.