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Surgery puts Jazz Tevaga out of World Cup

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Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga needs shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the NRL season and the Rugby League World Cup.

JAZZ TEVAGA. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Warriors middle forward Jazz Tevaga will miss the remainder of the NRL season and Samoa's Rugby League World Cup campaign with a long-term shoulder injury.

Tevaga sustained the injury in last weekend's loss to Melbourne and had already been considered a strong chance of finishing 2022 on the sidelines.

The extent of his injury was confirmed on Friday, the 26-year-old booked in for labral repair surgery next week.

Tevaga had missed only two games for the Warriors this year and said he was "shattered" to be unavailable for the remaining five matches, two of which will be played in Auckland.

Tevaga is set to return to fitness by the Warriors' 2023 pre-season and is replaced in the starting side by Aaron Pene for this weekend's clash against South Sydney.

"Shattered I can't finish the year with the Warriors which to me has been the most challenging season to date for this club," Tevaga wrote on Instagram.

"I am also very disappointed I won't be taking part with my Usos Samoa in our World Cup campaign."

Tevaga has posted solid numbers in a disappointing season for the Warriors, averaging 30 tackles and 79-run metres per game.

"Jazz is going to be a massive loss for us," interim coach Stacey Jones said this week.

Warriors utility Chanel Harris-Tavita suffered an MCL injury against the Storm but could return for the round 22 match against Canterbury.

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