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Fingers crossed as Irish U20 trio await injury fate

 

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

The Irish Under-20 management are sweating on injury updates on three players after their 26-24 loss to France in the opening game of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship.

It is feared that the tournament could be over for loosehead prop James French and debutant winger Dan Hurley, while Ulster lock Matthew Dalton is doubtful for Sunday's clash against South Africa.

French twisted a knee in the warm-up, while Hurley also suffered a knee injury.

Both players went for scans yesterday but it is feared that they might be ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.

Head coach Noel McNamara is also waiting for a medical report on lock Dalton, who suffered a shoulder injury in the loss.

South Africa were pushed all the way by Georgia before winning their opening game 33-27 and McNamara knows this will be another searching test.

"It may present an opportunity for somebody else. It is an opportunity for these young men to show what they can do, and we feel that a lot of them did that against France," he said.

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