Tuohy out as Ireland nursing ‘bumps and bruises’

Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations squad began their mid-championship break with no new serious injury concerns to have emerged from the weekend victory over Wales.

Replacement lock Dan Tuohy remained the only casualty from Saturday’s 26-3 win over the defending champions, having had a fracture of his right forearm confirmed yesterday.

The Ulster man, who replaced captain Paul O’Connell after 54 minutes at the Aviva Stadium, was on the field for just 10 minutes when forced to return to the sidelines. He had surgery in Belfast yesterday to stabilise the fractured radius. His province last night said that he faces “eight to 10 weeks” out of action.

Otherwise, the IRFU reported that while a number of players reported “bumps and bruises” after the weekend’s action, none were deemed to be serious injury worries.

Head coach Joe Schmidt will take a group of “core” squad members into a mini-camp in Clonmel this week with other players returning to their provinces to get game time as their teams continue the Pro12 campaign. Aside from Tuohy’s injury, Schmidt travels to Tipperary in good cheer, more encouraging news coming yesterday when Ireland exchanged places with Wales in the latest IRB world rankings.

Ireland started the autumn in eighth place in the rankings, before Schmidt’s first games in charge. They have , climbed from seventh to sixth following their second victory in succession at the weekend.

That was the only movement in the top 10 of the rankings with the idle New Zealand, South Africa and Australia remaining at one, two and three respectively.


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