Friday 18 August 2017

Hat-trick hero Zebo called up to Wolfhounds

David Kelly

David Kelly

Munster's Heineken Cup hat-trick hero Simon Zebo has been rewarded for his exploits with a call-up to the Ireland Wolfhounds squad in place of the injured Luke Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald's neck problem has ruled him out of the clash with the England Saxons in Exeter next weekend, but it is hoped that the Leinster man can still be available to challenge for a place in the Six Nations senior squad at some stage.

Zebo had been among the six-man panel of 'additional players' due to train with the senior squad in Limerick. His place in that party has been taken by Ulster's Craig Gilroy.

Two other players have been forced to withdraw from the squad of 'additional players'.

Prop Paddy McAllister sustained a knee injury while playing for the Ulster Ravens in the British & Irish Cup last weekend and has been replaced by Leinster loose-head Jack McGrath.

Wing Andrew Conway's place has been taken by his Leinster clubmate Fionn Carr.

Meanwhile, Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins is the only absentee from the Wales squad that began a week's training in Poland yesterday ahead of the Six Nations clash at Lansdowne Road on Sunday week.

Scarlets out-half Rhys Priestland (knee) and Dragons back-row Dan Lydiate (ankle) both also left the pitch during their Heineken Cup matches at the weekend, but both will train in Poland.

Cardiff Blues centre Jamie Roberts (knee) will also continue his rehabilitation on Eastern European soil.

Saracens flanker Kelly Brown is a doubt for Scotland's opener against England on Saturday week after sustaining a leg injury against Benetton Treviso.

Irish Independent

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