Richie Mo'unga💪 Will Be Fit for World Cup, Says 🇳🇿New Zealand Head Coach Steve Hansen

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Richie Mo'unga will be fit for the World Cup despite being forced off the field during New Zealand's 36-0 thrashing of Australia on Saturday, says Steve Hansen.

The fly-half fell heavily on his shoulder under a tackle in the second-half of the victory at Eden Park, which saw the All Blacks lift the Bledisloe Cup.

While Hansen says Mo'unga could miss the All Blacks' final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga on September 7, the head coach is not concerned by the injury.

"Richie's shoulder looks like an AC [acromioclavicular] joint issue. Whilst it's not long term, he'll be sore for a couple of weeks. Hopefully no more," said Hansen.

With question marks over Mo'unga's fitness for the match against Tonga in Hamilton, Hansen said uncapped fly-half Josh Ioane could be added to the squad.

The 24-year-old was not in the Bledisloe Cup squad but continued training with the side to cover any potential injuries.

Hansen is set to name his World Cup squad on August 28 and, after impressive performances from the likes of George Bridge, Sevu Reece and Patrick Tuipulotu against the Wallabies, he acknowledged he has some tough decisions to make.

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