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Blow for Ireland U20 as two top forwards ruled out of World Cup with knee injuries

23 February 2018; Jack O'Sullivan of Ireland during the U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Wales at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
23 February 2018; Jack O'Sullivan of Ireland during the U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Wales at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland have been dealt a tough blow ahead of the U20 World Cup after two of their star forwards were ruled out of the tournament after suffering knee injuries.

Munster back row Jack O'Sullivan was arguably Ireland's player of the Six Nations, but won't take any part after injuring his cruciate ligament in training last week.

Prop Tom O'Toole also hurt his knee in action for Ulster in their Champions Cup playoff against the Ospreys last Sunday.

Garryowen back row Jack Daly will replace O'Sullivan, while UCC prop Bryan O'Connor has been called up to cover O'Toole.

Ireland get their campaign underway against France at 8pm next Wednesday in Perpignan.

They then face South Africa on Sunday June 3rd at 3.30pm and Georgia on Thursday June 7 at 5.30pm. Both games take place in Narbonne.

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