Murphy doubtful for U20s
Mike Ruddock could be without one of his most experienced players as Ireland open their U-20 Junior World Championship campaign against England in Italy on Friday, with Jordi Murphy in a race against time to be fit.
The Lansdowne flanker, who played in last year's championship in Argentina, is suffering from an ankle injury and is doubtful for the clash with the U-20 Grand Slam winners in Treviso.
Coach Ruddock said at the launch of the tournament in Padua in northern Italy that Murphy is his only injury concern.
"Jordi suffered an ankle strain in a warm-up match against Leinster and he has not been able to train since. But he is doing his rehab and if he recovers in the next day or two, we will drop him in and he will be in contention," said Ruddock.
Ireland lost 46-15 to England in Dubarry Park, Athlone in the U-20 Six Nations, but Ruddock says there will be seven or eight changes from that evening.
"We were without a lot of players that evening so England will face a different proposition this time," added Ruddock.
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