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Ruddock in sweat over Rugby World Cup

By Phil Blanche

Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock could face a race to be fit for the World Cup after suffering another arm injury during a tour match in Georgia.

The 24-year-old Leinster back row was captain of Emerging Ireland against Uruguay in Tbilisi, but had to be replaced after 30 minutes.

Ruddock broke his right forearm in Leinster's Champions Cup tie against Harlequins in December. Although he returned to action for the PRO12 clashes with Ospreys in February and Scarlets in early March, further surgery was needed.

Ireland are concerned tests could show similar damage this time.

"It is early days, but he will go for an X-ray and the result of that X-ray will tell us where he is," Emerging Ireland head coach Allen Clarke said to

"He has had a knock there before, but I am not the expert. It would be wrong to second guess the X-ray.

"I have concern for him as an individual, but he is a resilient young man, he will bounce back. It rules him out of the rest of the (Tbilisi Cup) tournament."

Meanwhile, around 30,000 extra tickets for the Rugby World Cup are to go on sale next week, including for five matches at Twickenham.

Rugby fans have already snapped up more than two million tickets, and tournament organisers have now increased availability from returns via commercial programmes, extra seats at the venues and resales from those who can no longer attend.

Three thousand will be for the opening ceremony and England against Fiji on September 18, with another 4,000 at each of the quarter-finals held at Twickenham and a chance to watch the hosts playing Uruguay in Manchester.

There will also be an opportunity to see Ireland face Romania at Wembley.

Managing director of England Rugby 2015 Steve Brown said: "With over two million tickets sold and less than 100 days to go, the appetite to watch the world's best teams is continuing to grow every day."

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