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All Blacks' Nehe Milner-Skudder facing another long layoff

Nehe Milner-Skudder is tackled by two Springboks defenders in Cape Town Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Nehe Milner-Skudder faces another long injury layoff after it was revealed the All Blacks winger popped his shoulder out during the thrilling 25-24 victory over the Springboks in Cape Town.

Milner-Skudder is expected to miss at least six months of rugby and will need to undergo surgery.

It is a heart-breaking blow for the fleet-footed winger who was at his dangerous best in Cape Town, particularly when combining with All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie. Milner-Skudder threw one supremely-audacious pass to McKenzie during a sweeping All Blacks counter-attack which almost led to a try.

But he now faces a long road back to the top, one that is unfortunately all too familiar after he missed the majority of the 2016 season with injury.

Waisake Naholo looms as Milner-Skudder's likely replacement for Bledisloe III in Brisbane in a fortnight, though All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may also consider moving McKenzie onto the wing and awarding a start to two-Test rookie David Havili.