Monday 19 March 2018

Hanrahan ruled out of Toulon tussle

Munster's JJ Hanrahan will almost certainly miss their semi-final match against Toulon
Munster's JJ Hanrahan will almost certainly miss their semi-final match against Toulon
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

JJ Hanrahan is almost certain to miss Munster's Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday week after scans confirmed he suffered a groin tear against Glasgow last weekend.

The Kerry native will meet a specialist later this week to determine the full extent of the injury and has been ruled out of Saturday's inter-provincial derby against Connacht.

The likelihood of him recovering in time for the Marseille clash appears slim, leaving Ian Keatley as the only experienced out-half available to Rob Penney.

Munster 'A' pair Johnny Holland, coming back from a concussion suffered last month, and Rory Scannell are next in line behind former Ireland U-20 star Hanrahan, who has had a major impact on this season's Heineken Cup campaign as a replacement.

Meanwhile, BJ Botha is being monitored after picking up what is being described as a "mild" ankle injury on Saturday, while Donnacha Ryan has an outside chance of recovering in time to take his place.

Elsewhere, there are five changes to the Ireland U-18 Schools side to play France in the FIRA U-18 European Championships taking place in Poland.

Sean O'Connor comes in for Peter Claffey in the second-row, Jonathan Guy replaces the injured Charlie Cregan at openside flanker, Jimmy O'Brien starts at out-half, with Matthew Gilsenan switching to inside centre and Colm Mulcahy moving to No 13 in place of Paul Kiernan. Jordan Larmour replaces Calvin Nash on the right wing.

Ireland opened their campaign with a four-try 20-10 victory over Georgia.

Irish Independent

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