Haiu set for tests on bone tumour
Blues lock Kurtis Haiu has been forced to take an indefinite break from rugby after the discovery of a lesion in one of his ribs.
The lesion was revealed by a CT scan taken last week.
The 26-year-old originally put the pain down to the contact involved in rugby, but as it became more frequent he underwent further tests, including blood tests and X-rays.
He will meet with a bone tumour specialist early next week.
"This appears to be a primary bone tumour but he will have to undergo a series of further tests including surgery to definitively confirm the type of tumour. Until this time prognosis is uncertain," Blues team doctor Stephen Kara said in a club statement.
Blues coach Pat Lam said the whole team would rally round their team-mate.
"This has come as a huge shock to Kurtis - to all of us, but the extent of what he is looking at will not be known until further tests take place," he said.
"So for now, Kurtis is in our prayers and we will rally around him and his family to provide friendship and support at this difficult time."
Haiu has played 75 matches for Auckland since making his debut in 2005 and is one of the most experienced players in the squad.
He was selected for the Blues in 2006 and has played 53 games for the franchise, scoring five tries.