McKenzie returning to rugby with new mindset after injury layoff

Damian McKenzie is entering the 2020 Super Rugby season with a new mindset after suffering the first serious injury of his young career last year.

McKenzie missed most of the 2019 Super Rugby season and a ticket to his first Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks after rupturing his ACL in April last year.

The 24-year-old told TVNZ the injury gave him a chance to step back and gain a new perspective for the game he loves and how quickly it can be stripped away.

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McKenzie was set to make his return to the pitch last week against the Blues but cruel fate saw him rested an extra week due to a hip injury picked up at training.

But the speedy playmaker has been given the all-clear for this weekend’s clash with the Crusaders at home in Hamilton where he’ll play at fullback while former All

Black Aaron Cruden takes control of the backline at first-five.

The Crusaders take on the Chiefs at 6:05pm tomorrow and you can watch the match live on FBC Sports. The second match tomorrow will be at 8:15pm between the Waratahs and Blues.

Tonight, the Highlanders play the Sharks at 6:05pm and the Brumbies host the Rebels at 8:15pm, and this Australian clash will be aired live on FBC Sports channel.

On Sunday, the Lions meet Reds at 1:05am before the Stormers takes on the Bulls at 3:15am while the Hurricanes face the Jaguares at 9:15am.


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