Sunday 18 August 2019

Ireland U20 dealt another injury blow as back row Allison ruled out of Australia clash

Ireland under-20 head coach Noel McNamara. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Ireland under-20 head coach Noel McNamara. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland U20s have been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday's second Junior World Cup pool game against Australia as No 8 Azur Allison has been ruled out with a head injury.

The Ulster man was replaced during yesterday's thrilling 42-26 win over England and will now follow the return to play protocols.

It is a particular blow for Allison who missed the entire Grand Slam campaign due to injury, but he will hope to recover in time to face Italy in the final pool game next Wednesday. Ronan Watters deputised brilliantly for Allison against England and it is expected that he will get the nod this Saturday.

Several other players will be assessed over the coming days after what was a bruising encounter against England.

Australia warmed up for Saturday's clash against Ireland with a comfortable 36-12 win over Italy, during which Louth born scrum-half Michael McDonald played a key role.

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