Thursday 18 January 2018

'Knocked unconscious by a shoulder contact to his jaw' - Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton to miss Australia clash

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland signals to the crowd as he is taken from the field on a stretcher during the Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Robbie Henshaw of Ireland signals to the crowd as he is taken from the field on a stretcher during the Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland will be without the services of flyhalf Jonathan Sexton and Robbie Henshaw for this weekend's clash with the Wallabies due to injuries suffered in last Saturday's bruising encounter with New Zealand on Saturday.

Sexton damaged his hamstring in the opening quarter of the All Blacks defeat, while Henshaw suffered concussion after a tackle from Sam Cane, who has been cited for the incident.

Rob Kearney and CJ Stander also suffered concussions and are following return-to-play protocols. If they return to training by Thursday tehy will be available for selection.

Manager Mick Kearney told reporters: “Robbie Henshaw was knocked unconscious by a shoulder contact to his jaw. He suffered a concussion and will not be involved this week.

“Johnny Sexton has suffered a minor hamstring injury and has been ruled out of the game at the weekend.

“Rob Kearney developed concussive symptoms after the game and following assessment. He will follow the graduated return to play.

"CJ Stander was removed for a suspected concussion and will complete the HIA [head injury assessment] process and the return to play protocols."

Tadhg Furlong, who has been in great form in recent weeks, suffered a dead leg and his recovery will be monitored over the next 24 hours, while Simon Zebo suffered cramp in the final stages of the clash with the Kiwis and is expected to be okay.

Peter O'Mahony, Keith Earls and Ultan Dillane are expected to return to training this week also.

Ulster centre Stuart Olding and Munster utility back Rory Scannell have been added to the squad as cover.

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