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Wallace puts birth of baby ahead of Australia clash

David Wallace will not line out in Ireland's back row against Australia this weekend as the Munster flanker has flown home to be with his pregnant wife.

Wallace was due to complete the tour against the Wallabies, but left the squad on Sunday as his wife is due to give birth.

“David Wallace has gone home. His wife is expecting a baby imminently and David has gone back to be with her,” confirmed team manager Paul McNaughton yesterday. “It was (known that he might have to go home), obviously it depended on when the baby was going to be born, but he felt that he should be there for the birth and his wife is expected to have the baby in the next couple of days.”

Wallace's departure means Chris Henry, Shane Jennings and Niall Ronan are the front-line back-rows left in the squad, following Jamie Heaslip's suspension and injury to John Muldoon, with Leinster teenager Rhys Ruddock also set to feature in the 22 for the Suncorp Stadium Test.

Hooker Jerry Flannery, rated as a ‘50-50' chance at the weekend as he continues to battle a calf problem, trained with the squad yesterday, as did second-row Mick O'Driscoll, who suffered a back spasm in the Test against the All Blacks last Saturday week.

Prop Tom Court and centre Gordon D'Arcy missed yesterday's session, with D'Arcy travelling to Melbourne on a pre-planned trip to see a groin specialist.

“Gordon D'Arcy didn't train — he's down in Melbourne visiting a specialist for his groin,” said McNaughton.

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