Earls to miss final two Tests

Keith Earls has been ruled out of Irelands tour in New Zealand with a pectoral muscle injury. [more]

Earls to miss final two Tests

Keith Earls has been ruled out of Irelands tour in New Zealand with a pectoral muscle injury.

Connacht’s Gavin Duffy has been called up to replace the 2009 British & Irish Lions tourist, who linked-up with Brian O’Driscoll in the centre I the first Test last weekend.

There was better news, however, for Irish coach Declan Kidney on other injured players.
Cian Healy, who suffered a shoulder strain during the match, has improved over the last 24 hours and will continue to be monitored during training this week.

Healy's front row colleague Declan Fitzpatrick sustained a gluteal muscle strain and is also under observation and treatment. Neither player trained today, but neither has been ruled out of selection for the second Test in Christchurch.

The only injury that has ruled any player out of contention for the Christchurch clash is versatile back Keith Earls.
 

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