Friday 20 April 2018

Knee injury rules Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald out of South Africa tour

Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out of Ireland's summer tour to South Africa because of a knee problem and is likely to be replaced in the squad by the uncapped Matt Healy.

Fitzgerald sustained the injury in Leinster's Guinness Pro12 final defeat by Connacht on Saturday with the newly-crowned champions' Healy the favourite to be rewarded for a superb season.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt views Healy as a like-for-like replacement for Fitzgerald, but Tiernan O'Halloran is also in contention.

"Unfortunately Luke Fitzgerald picked up a knee injury in the game and he will be replaced," said Schmidt.

"Due to Luke picking up the knee injury one of those Connacht players is likely to be in the frame to be his replacement.

"One of the advantages with Matt is that he's a left-footed left winger and like for like with Luke. He's certainly a guy who's in contention."

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