Wounded Irish wait it out

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:36
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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

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SIX NATIONS
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Team P W D L Pts
England 5 4 0 1 19
Ireland 5 3 0 2 14
France 5 3 0 2 14
Scotland 5 3 0 2 14
Wales 5 2 0 3 10
Italy 5 0 0 5 0