Bench woe for Kidney
Declan Kidney's selection plans for Twickenham on Saturday have been disrupted by injuries to his bench forwards Donnacha Ryan, who will miss the rest of the Six Nations Championships with a dislocated shoulder, and Sean O'Brien, who suffered a broken leg in Leinster's Magners game at the RDS last night.
Ryan was used in Paris last weekend as a replacement for Leo Cullen, but his shoulder injury threatens his season. Donncha O'Callaghan, however, will be fit again in time for the England game.
O'Brien was the only forward unused in Paris and he was stretchered off last night after five minutes of the Magners League game against Scarlets with what was later confirmed as a fractured tibia. O'Brien's unfortunate injury opens the door for one of his Leinster colleagues: either Kevin McLaughlin or Shane Jennings.