Kiwis centre Gerard Beale is officially out of the Rugby League World Cup after fracturing his ankle during the Kiwis 38-8 win over Samoa on Saturday.
Beale fell over during the second half of the Auckland game, away from any contact, and immediately signalled for the medical staff to assist him.
Beale suffered a double fracture in his ankle and was taken into surgery on Sunday morning.
“I spoke with Gerard this morning and he underwent surgery this morning,” said Kiwis coach David Kidwell on Sunday.
“He did a try-saving tackle on the goal line and came up limping. The medical staff checked him out and they said it was a hematoma on his leg and then in the scrum, he went to take off and broke his leg.
“Our best wishes go out to Gerard and his partner.”
It is unknown how long Beale will be out for and whether he will be fit for the start of the Warriors season which kicks-off in March.
The Kiwis now have to apply to bring a new player to the squad, and should have an answer by the end of today.
Kidwell confirmed they have a couple of players ready to be called in but are waiting for official confirmation.