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Easterby: O'Gara to get his head right

SCARLETS coach and former Ireland teammate Simon Easterby believes Ronan O'Gara will recover from his horror show in Wales in time for next weekend at Murrayfield.

The Test veteran would have hoped to make a clear statement of intent ahead of selection to face Scotland this week following the loss of Jonathan Sexton.

O'Gara missed three penalties, two from in front of the posts, during a comprehensive 18-10 defeat which the Munster fly-half finished swathed in bandages.


However, Scarlets head coach Easterby tipped his former team-mate to shrug off the disappointment for Sunday's Six Nations clash.

Easterby said: "Munster came here with a bit of confidence and had Rog back in the side as well, looking to get a bit of form for Ireland. Luckily he didn't bring his right kicking boots – he missed a couple and we took advantage of that.

"But he will always rise to the challenge and I am sure he will step in and take control of that position (for Ireland).

"I'm sure Rog will step up and hopefully he will put this couple of kicks behind him and go well next week."


Injury cover for English

England have called up three players as injury cover ahead of Saturday's Six Nations match against France at Twickenham.

Wasps' Elliot Daly and Saracens duo Will Fraser and Joel Tomkins were the players called up last night.

All three have been promoted following recent action for the Saxons.

Centre Daly will provide training cover for Ben Foden, who is on a post-match recovery programme after ankle trouble, while Fraser comes in as cover for Ben Morgan, as the number eight continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.

Tomkins is an injury replacement for centre Jonathan Joseph, who will remain with London Irish for treatment on a foot injury.