Wednesday 24 January 2018

Horan major doubt for Autumn Tests

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

IRELAND and Declan Kidney have been dealt a blow with the news that prop Marcus Horan is likely to be ruled out of the November Internationals after picking up a wrist injury.

The Munster man broke a bone in his wrist during a gym session on Monday and he will see a specialist in Dublin today to confirm the extent of the injury, though the province confirmed last night that he is expected to be ruled out for between four to six weeks.

The news may open the door for a call up for looseheads Brett Wilkinson and Bryan Young of Connacht and Ulster respectively, though Jamie Hagan's recent good form for Eric Elwood's side means that he may also come into the reckoning.

Elsewhere, Jerry Flannery will travel to Liverpool tomorrow for further specialist examination of his calf injury.

Meanwhile, Scottish head coach Andy Robinson has shown his faith in the country's latest crop of professionals by naming four uncapped players in his squad to face the world's best team.

Glasgow out-half Ruaridh Jackson, Edinburgh pair Greig Laidlaw and Jim Thompson, and Northampton back Joe Ansbro are in a 34-man group that will prepare for the Murrayfield meeting with New Zealand on November 13.

Irish Independent

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