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More injury woe for Ireland's Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney is facing up to the prospect of touring New Zealand and Australia without Shane Horgan, Fergus McFadden and Jerry Flannery, after a bruising 29-23 defeat to the Barbarians added to Ireland's injury headaches.

Horgan was a late withdrawal from the Irish starting line-up due to a stomach bug which forced him to go to hospital, while McFadden suffered a suspected broken jaw.

Almost a week before Ireland's New Plymouth encounter with the All Blacks, head coach Kidney said: "Shane Horgan may not travel with us. He had a bit of a stomach complaint on Thursday, and it has got worse."

Kidney added: "He went to hospital for a check-up, but until we know more I wouldn't be on for calling anyone else in there.

"We have Fergus McFadden who took a crack on the jaw. We just have to see how he gets on with X-rays and that.

"Johne Murphy came in when Shane pulled out, so we have cover in Johne. Jerry Flannery went down and aggravated his calf a little bit, so we have to see how the next couple of hours will go."


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