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Ireland delay team announcement

Ireland have delayed their team announcement for Argentina until Friday as they count the cost of their 38-18 defeat by New Zealand.

Manager Paul McNaughton revealed that David Wallace and Stephen Ferris have picked up Achilles and calf injuries respectively and were among a large group who missed training on Tuesday. However, the flankers are expected to be available to face the Pumas - as are captain Brian O'Driscoll (shoulder), Gordon D'Arcy and Tommy Bowe (both calf).

"We had a few guys sitting out Tuesday's session - David Wallace, Gordon D'Arcy, Stephen Ferris and Tommy Bowe," said McNaughton. "They have various knocks while some other guys, such as Brian O'Driscoll and Damien Varley, have done modified non-contact work."

McNaughton added: "We expect Brian to be OK. He got a bruise on his AC joint, but he trained this morning, though it was not a full contact session.

"All of those players are under consideration for selection and we don't anticipate any problem with them.

"We'll wait until Friday to name the team because it's a Sunday game.

"We just need more time to think and also the injuries should be clarified by then.

"We wouldn't take a risk on any player's fitness. You can't send out anyone who is 90% fit and hope for the best."

Knee injuries have already seen Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald ruled out against Argentina, while Rory Best is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines with a fractured cheekbone.

Lock Leo Cullen, prop Tony Buckley, full-back Geordan Murphy and hooker Damien Varley have been added to the squad, while back row John Muldoon and John Hayes have been released back to their provinces.


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