Thursday 12 December 2019

Connacht duo benefit as Johnny Sexton and Kearney brothers ruled out of South Africa tour

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Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney have all been ruled of Ireland three-Test tour of South Africa.

As reported in the Irish Independent this morning, Sexton will miss the tour after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury.

It has been also confirmed that both Kearney brothers will also miss the trip through injury, as well as Luke Fitzgerald who was ruled out earlier this week.

Fitzgerald, Dave Kearney and Sexton picked up injuries in last Saturday's Guinness PRO12 final. Fitzgerald sustained a knee ligament injury, Kearney picked up a calf strain and Sexton injured his shoulder which has resulted in the player undergoing a minor procedure this week.

All three players are expected to return to action at the start of next season.

Rob Kearney pulled up in training yesterday and a subsequent scan has shown a hamstring strain that will rule him out of the tour.

Bordeaux-bound Ian Madigan and Ulster winger Craig Gilroy have been called up alongside Connacht's Pro12 winning heroes Tiernan O'Halloran and Matt Healy.

The inclusion of fomer Ireland U-20 star O'Halloran means there are three uncapped players in the squad with Sean Reidy and Quinn Roux already named to tour.

The squad departs for South Africa on Sunday 5th June and will play Tests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Ireland last toured South Africa in 2004.

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