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Crotty out for a month with cracked jaw

Crotty was a late callup for the team to replace Ma'a Nonu who suffered a shoulder injury.

All Black cenres Ma'a Nonu and Ryan Crotty exchange prespectives at practice. Picture: Facebook.

AUCKLAND -All Black Centre Ryan Crotty has been ruled out of rugby for at least four weeks after he suffered a cracked jaw in the All Blacks' win over the Wallabies on Saturday.

Crotty was a late callup for the team to replace Ma'a Nonu, who suffered a shoulder injury in the drawn Rugby Championship opener in Sydney last week.

"Ryan is out for four weeks. He's cracked a bone in the top of his jaw," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen told reporters in Auckland on Sunday.

"It's really unfortunate for him."

Nonu, however, is expected to be fit to return to the side when they face Argentina on 6 September in Napier.

Flyhalves Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden nursed minor injuries after the crushing 51-20 win at Eden Park, which allowed New Zealand to retain the Bledisloe Cup, but both were expected to be fit for the Pumas.

Long-serving flyhalf Dan Carter, who broke a bone in his leg during the Super Rugby final, was not expected to be fit until the week of the 27 September match against Argentina in La Plata.

"But we're not going to rush that either," Hansen said. "We want to make sure that he's right to play."

"There's probably likelihood that if he's not right we won't do that. We won't just rush him straight in. We want him to be feeling really comfortable and excited about being back when the time is right to be back."

FANS INJURED BY FIREWORKS DISPLAY

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) apologised and said it would investigate how a fireworks display malfunctioned and injured three spectators at Eden Park before the All Blacks' home win over Australia on Saturday.

The spectators were injured prior to kickoff when one of the pyrotechnic boxes misfired, causing an explosion that rattled enclosed boxes at the Auckland stadium and left a large amount of debris on the ground.

One of the injured spectators was photographed with blood spread across his forehead, while another was taken to Auckland City hospital. A spokesperson for the hospital said on Sunday they had been treated and discharged.

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said the governing body would work with health and safety officials, the pyrotechnics company and Eden Park management to ascertain what went wrong.

"Something has clearly gone wrong and we are urgently conducting a review of what happened," Tew said in a statement.

"I can only apologise profusely to those who were injured."

The spectators injured were in the corner of the southern stand behind the All Blacks with the explosions coming shortly after the team had concluded their pre-match haka.

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