Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Ireland v Argentina: Kidney fears O’Driscoll may need surgery

Declan Kidney last night admitted he fears Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll may require surgery for a jaw injury.

O’Driscoll was injured in the second-half of yesterday’s clash with Argentina.

“He’s gone for an x-ray and he could have a crack in his jaw, the treatment for which I’m not sure. If it’s just a crack he might avoid surgery and a plate,” Kidney said.

At his own insistence O’Driscoll played on for several minutes after that painful blow to the face.

“It was just felt prudent to take him off,” said Kidney. “Brian asked for a few minutes, but then the medics said ‘No, you need to come off’.”

The coach expressed his satisfaction with Ireland’s display in the first-half.

“I think in the first-half we were good and positive when we had the ball. We put challenges to them and we attacked them on both flanks,” said Kidney.

“We got into their half and we managed to take scores most times when we got into their 22. Most of those were three, six, nine stuff, but we took the one try when it came our way.

“There was a point early on where they mauled us from the 22 to the goal line that in hindsight turned out to be a pivotal point because we managed to stop them from scoring there.

“There were two or three scrums and the boys scrummaged as eight. When you do that it takes the pressure off the front row.”

Asked about his selection policy during the four-match Series he was keen to point out that he has deliberately avoided using the word ‘rotation’.

“It’s always a word that puts you into a bracket where you’re chopping and changing for the sake of it,” said Kidney. “Some of it is enforced by injuries, some of it you do because you’re backing a player, some because you know you need to build strength in depth in certain positions.

“There’s no one reason for picking a selection at any one time and that’s why I would have stayed away from that word.”

“One of our goals this month was to win every match and we didn’t. We came up short in two so we have to take a look at that.”

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