Jones doubt for tour
FELIX JONES is a major doubt for Ireland's tour to New Zealand due to the shoulder injury which ruled him out of Munster's Pro12 semi-final hammering by Ospreys last Friday night, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.
Munster confirmed yesterday that the full-back will be seeing a specialist this week, but the injury is believed to require a longer recovery period than the time available before Ireland leave for New Zealand for next month's three-Test series.
It is a bitter blow for Jones, who missed out on the World Cup last year through injury and has endured long absences out of action throughout his career. It opens up a spot in the squad for a back-three player, with Gavin Duffy -- not originally in Declan Kidney's plans -- carrying strong claims after an excellent season with Connacht, while Leinster's Dave Kearney can play wing and full-back.
Geordan Murphy, who led Leicester to an English Premiership semi-final win over Saracens at the weekend, said earlier this year that he would be available to Kidney if there was "an emergency".