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Hamstring tear rules Henry out of autumn ties

By Niall Crozier

Flanker Chris Henry will miss the rest of Ireland's autumn international series after suffering a hamstring tear in Saturday's 40-9 Samoa victory.

It is a cruel blow for the Ulsterman and also for Mark Anscombe as he could well be out for up to six weeks.

Leinster's Shane Jennings has been drafted into the squad as replacement, while for Henry's provincial team-mate Tommy Bowe it is still a case of 'wait and see' if he makes the panel for Saturday's tilt at Australia after suffering bruising to his leg in last weekend's encounter.

Ireland team manager Michael Kearney explained: "Unfortunately Chris suffered a hamstring tear on Saturday and will miss the rest of the series, so Shane Jennings has been called in as a replacement.

"Tommy Bowe took a kick to his leg early on, it's sore and bruised but he's unlikely to train today and tomorrow, so Luke Fitzgerald has been called in as a replacement for Tommy.

"With Tommy it's really a day-to-day thing. I would say he is a little bit sore, it is a bruise. So it's got to be day-to-day as we monitor his progress."

Meanwhile, coach Joe Schmidt's feet are firmly on the ground following his side's victory over Samoa in the first of the three Guinness Series Tests.

The candid Kiwi admitted that a similar performance against the Wallabies this Saturday will not be good enough.

On the same day as Ireland scored five tries against depleted Samoa, the Wallabies chalked up seven in their 50-20 rout of Italy in Turin.

"I would say that we're going to have to be a lot better looking after the ball," Schmidt said in the wake of his side's win over the injury-ravaged Samoans.

"We can't afford to be making twice as many tackles – in that first-half, almost three times as many tackles – as our opponents," he warned.

And looking ahead to what comes next, Schmidt said: "I think Australia will be a little more cohesive. They've got an incredible ability to probe around the fringes with the likes of (Will) Genia and some of the big loose forwards who run off him and the wingers who get in and around that sort of area.

"And at the same time they have that fantastic ability to shift the point of attack, particularly with Quade Cooper. People might think he's an enigma, but he's got a fantastic skills set and those variations in his kicking game."

* SAMOAN centre George Pisi will appear before a disciplinary panel today in London after being cited for alleged foul play in Saturday's defeat by Ireland.

The citing followed the Northampton Saints player's 39th minute tip tackle Bowe of Ulster. At the time match referee Steve Walsh (Australia) yellow-carded Pisi, sending him to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

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