Saturday 24 February 2018

Kearney a doubt for Twickenham trip

Rob Kearney
Rob Kearney

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll should be available to face England on Saturday week but Rob Kearney is rated doubtful for the RBS 6 Nations clash at Twickenham.

The Leinster duo were two of a number of players to sustain injuries in Saturday's 33-10 defeat by France in Paris.

O'Driscoll incurred bruising to his left knee joint and will be monitored over the coming fortnight, but should receive the all clear to meet England. Kearney, who limped off in the 33rd minute at the Stade de France, had a scan on his right knee this afternoon which revealed a strain to his medial ligament.

The extent of the damage means he is unlikely to be fit when Ireland seek to nudge their Six Nations back on track at Twickenham.

Second row Leo Cullen lasted until the second half when he twisted his right ankle but should be given the green light to feature against Martin Johnson's side.

Any fears that John Hayes may have to wait a little longer to win his 100th cap because of a blow to the head have eased after it was revealed the injury is not serious.

Hayes, the Munster tighthead, will become the first player to make a century of Test appearances for Ireland if he is involved at Twickenham.

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