Wounded Irish wait it out

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:36
Large briano driscollireland2 Large briano driscollfrance

Ireland have delayed their team announcement for Saturday's clash with Italy by 48 hours as they struggle with an injury crisis.

Ireland have delayed their team announcement for Saturday's clash with Italy by 48 hours as they struggle with an injury crisis that threatens to rob Brian O'Driscoll of a potential Six Nations farewell.

O'Driscoll suffered concussion, a lacerated ear and a dead leg in the 13-13 draw with France over the weekend and the veteran is facing a race against time to appear in what could be his last Six Nations match.

O'Driscoll's current contract with the Irish Rugby Union expires later this year and he has hinted he may opt to retire soon.

Ireland, who had been due to reveal their starting line-up on Tuesday, will now name their team for the Stadio Olimpico clash on Thursday.

"I asked Brian why he wanted to tackle Vincent Debaty twice - I thought he had more smarts than that," assistant coach Les Kiss said.

"He's a warrior who puts his body on the line week in, week out. We know that. It's amazing what he pulls from his reserves.

"I imagine he'll do everything to be available for Italy. He's talking as though he'll be there"

O'Driscoll's centre partner Luke Marshall was also concussed against France, while wing Fergus McFadden has been ruled out for between three to six weeks with a fractured rib.

The loss of McFadden has been offset by the return of Craig Gilroy from a groin strain, while scrumhalf Conor Murray has made a swift improvement from his knee problem.

Lock Donnacha Ryan absorbed another bang to his shoulder and will only take part in modified training, while substitute scrumhalf Eoin Reddan is set for surgery on his fractured fibula and ankle ligament damage.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 2 2 0 0 9
England 2 2 0 0 9
Wales 2 1 0 1 6
Scotland 2 1 0 1 4
France 2 0 0 2 2
Italy 2 0 0 2 0