Injury rules Larmour out of U-20 World Cup
Ireland U-20s have been plunged into an injury crisis with several key players set to miss the World Cup which begins at the end of the month.
Jordan Larmour, who was Ireland's outstanding player throughout the Six Nations, has been ruled out with an ankle injury, while Rob Lyttle (shoulder), Tommy O'Brien (hamstring) join Bill Johnston (fractured fibula) on the causality list.
Full-back-cum-winger Larmour underwent ankle surgery after picking up the injury playing for St Mary's in the AIL recently and won't travel to Georgia. Lyttle has had a troublesome shoulder problem and O'Brien suffered a serious hamstring injury.
Ireland are also sweating over the fitness of Caelan Doris (ankle), Johnny McPhillips (groin) and Cillian Gallagher (shoulder).
The injuries come on the back of head coach Nigel Carolan leaving the set-up to take on a full-time role with the Connacht senior team.
Munster Academy manager Peter Malone, who has looked after the forwards in recent years, will fill the void left by Carolan. The group will soon reconvene with the squad due to be announced in a fortnight.
Ireland are in Pool B alongside Italy, Scotland and New Zealand, who they beat on their way to the final of last year's World Cup before falling to England.