Ireland sweat over Jennings arm injury
Published 31/05/2011 | 05:00
IRELAND will be banking on a swift recovery for Shane Jennings after the Leinster flanker injured his arm in Saturday's Magners League final defeat to Munster at Thomond Park.
Updates on the exact nature of the injury and the rehabilitation required are expected this week, but early indications are for a recovery period of at least six weeks. That would affect Jennings' participation in Ireland's World Cup preparations in July, but the hope is that he will be available to play in Ireland's schedule of warm-up games in August.
Ireland have four internationals in August against Scotland, France (twice) and England with another fixture against Connacht also due to be played that month as they gear up for New Zealand 2011.
Meanwhile, Saracens prop Matt Stevens has been named in the England Saxons squad for the Churchill Cup. Stevens missed Sunday's 38-32 defeat by the Barbarians due to his involvement in the Aviva Premiership final 24 hours earlier, but has been included in the 24-man party.
It is the first time he has featured in an England squad since completing his two-year ban for cocaine use. The 28-year-old won the last of his 32 caps in November 2008 and is on course to be selected by Martin Johnson for the World Cup this autumn.