Jordi Murphy try helps Ireland to World Cup warm-up win but Herring among trio of injury blows
Ireland began their World Cup warm-ups with a 29-10 victory over Italy at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon but it will be a trio of injuries dominating the headlines.
Ulster hooker Rob Herring had already hobbled off in the first-half when, after 50 minutes, he was joined in heading down the tunnel by Joey Carbery.
Ireland's primary back up to Johnny Sexton had been playing well in the ten jersey but was carted from the field with half an hour remaining and the worries weren't over for Ireland either.
While Carbery's ankle issue certainly looked the most serious of the lot, the sight of Devin Toner hobbling off with the ten minutes to go was a discouraging one too.
Both sides showed signs of rust early on, and Italy twice led but Ireland ultimately got the win through tries from Carbery, Dave Kearney, Andrew Conway, Jordi Murphy and Kieran Marmion.
While the injuries will be the biggest concern, there were good performances from Chris Farrell, Conway and replacement Tadhg Beirne.
Here's the game as it happened:
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