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O'Driscoll fears eased

Hugh Farrelly

Published 01/03/2010 | 05:00

Declan Kidney has eased fears over Captain Brian O'Driscoll who was stretchered off on Saturday Photo: Getty Images
Declan Kidney has eased fears over Captain Brian O'Driscoll who was stretchered off on Saturday Photo: Getty Images

IRELAND coach Declan Kidney has eased fears over captain Brian O'Driscoll who was stretchered off during Ireland's 20-16 win over England on Saturday.

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O'Driscoll was involved in a collision with team-mate Paul O'Connell, whose knee smashed into the centre's head, as both players were chasing loose ball.

When O'Driscoll attempted to stand up, he collapsed to the ground immediately and, after several minutes' delay, he left the pitch, carried off on a stretcher.

However, Ireland's captain reappeared to celebrate with his team-mates on the final whistle.

O'Connell filled in for O'Driscoll at the post-match press conference but Kidney said there is "no risk of concussion" for the captain.

Ireland's next match is against Wales at Croke Park on March 13.

"Brian took bit of a bang. It was nothing -- he was out on the pitch at the end. He's good and is enjoying the win as much as anyone," said Kidney. " There's no risk of concussion. He's fine."

The only concern is for Jamie Heaslip (sprained ankle) but the Ireland camp said last night that the No 8 is not considered a concern for the visit of Wales.

Irish Independent

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