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Wallace on standby to battle the Pumas

By Gavin Mairs

Ulster out-half Paddy Wallace is on standby for Ireland's last-gasp bid to keep their World Cup hopes alive against Argentina on Sunday.

Ronan O'Gara sat out yesterday's open training session at Stade Bordelaise in Bordeaux as 1,500 local rugby supporters and schoolchildren watched Eddie O'Sullivan's squad run through their paces in the first heavy rainfall of their tour.

Following two down days, the squad had a vigorous session, which saw a number of players suffer bumps and bruises but, worryingly, there were still too many errors in their play.

O'Gara, however, could only watch from the sidelines as he recovers from the bruised leg he suffered in the 25-3 defeat to France, with Ulster star Wallace running the backline as the first-choice out-half.

Girvan Dempsey also did not take part following the shoulder injury he sustained against France.

The contact session lasted over an hour and both Brian O'Driscoll (knee) and Jerry Flannery (shoulder) were taken off after picking up knocks while Ulster's Isaac Boss also received three stitches to a cut above his left eye.

All three, however, will be available for selection for Sunday's crunch encounter.

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