Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

Jennings handed World Cup call

Ireland have called flanker Shane Jennings into their World Cup squad as a replacement for David Wallace, who sustained a knee injury in Saturday's 20-9 defeat by England at the Aviva Stadium.

Wallace was driven from the pitch by a medical cart in the 21st minute after twisting his right knee while being tackled by Manu Tuilagi, and will require surgery to fix the problem.

Coach Declan Kidney said after the match: "David took a very bad bang on the knee and while we don't know the exact prognosis, he has unfortunately been ruled out of the World Cup."

Kidney had been expected to name Wallace's replacement tomorrow, but an IRFU statement on Saturday evening confirmed Jennings had got the nod.

It read: "Shane Jennings has been called into the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad as a direct replacement for David Wallace who was injured during the game against England this afternoon.

"Wallace suffered a serious knee ligament injury and will require surgery to repair the damage."

The IRFU also announced prop Cian Healy was a major doubt for Ireland's World Cup opener against the United States on September 11 after picking up an eye injury.

"Cian Healy had taken a knock to his eye during the game and following further investigation has shown an injury to his eye socket," the statement continued.

"Medical advice has dictated that Healy's departure date for the tournament has been put back by four days, when he will then fly out to join up with the rest of the squad in New Zealand.

"The injury could rule Healy out of Ireland's first game in the tournament against the USA."


From Belfast Telegraph