Booth and McCann the latest casualties for luckless Ireland
The Ireland U-20s have been dealt a further double injury blow as Ciarán Booth and David McCann have both returned home from the World Cup in Argentina.
Booth suffered what looked like a very serious knee injury when he was taken out by an Italian player from the side of a ruck when he was in the jackal position.
The Sale Sharks flanker will undergo further scans to determine the extent of the damage, but he will play no further part in Ireland's campaign.
The incident, which went unpunished by the South African referee, has been a major talking point over the last 24 hours, particularly in light of the amount of serious injuries that are being suffered by players attempting to poach the ball at the ruck.
McCann, meanwhile, was replaced before an hour of the win over Italy with a head injury and will follow the return to play (RTP) protocols
The flanker, who just turned 19 yesterday, was still 18 when he suffered the head knock and for that reason falls under different RTP protocols meaning he will be unable to go through the six-day process and will instead return to Ireland.
Ireland take on England in Monday's fifth place semi-final with replacements for the latest injured duo due to be confirmed today.
Noel McNamara's side, who won the Grand Slam earlier this year, have been decimated by a plethora of injuries, and with their chances of winning the World Cup now ended, the head coach may be tempted to blood ever more new players with one eye on the future.
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