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Mealamu postpones return to action



All Blacks and Blues hooker Keven Mealamu has postponed his return to action until March after extending his leave period by several weeks.

The 102-test veteran will miss the first three matches of the Blues' season before returning on March 18, the All Blacks said in a statement.

"It's a total break away from the routines of the game so that I can enjoy some downtime and chill out with my family before getting back into it in a few months' time," Mealamu was quoted as saying in a statement.

Mealamu has just returned from New Zealand's tour of the northern hemisphere at the end of a 2012 season disrupted by injury. He has the backing of his Auckland-based club while New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief executive Steve Tew called the extended leave period a sensible move by the 33-year-old.

"Keven has only just returned today from his off-shore rugby commitments, and it's entirely understandable that he will want to take a long break to spend more time with his family," Tew said.

"This is a sensible break for Keven, and one we hope will allow him to keep performing at that top level for a lot longer."



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