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Will Addison in World Cup fitness race after back operation

 

Will Addison
Will Addison

By Michael Sadlier

Will Addison’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad this autumn have been thrown into uncertainty in the wake of the 26-year-old’s season-ending surgery.

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The Ulster utility back, who has shone in his first season at the Kingspan, is in a race against time to make the Irish squad for Japan after undergoing back surgery.

He recently went under the knife after being unable to shake off the back issue which, it is believed, he picked up with Ireland during the Six Nations period.

Addison’s last game was for Ulster at the end of January when the province booked their place in the Champions Cup quarter-final after winning at Leicester Tigers.

The Cumbrian-born player — who is Irish qualified as his mother hails from Fermanagh — signed for Ulster from English Premiership side Sale and has won three international caps after making his Ireland debut last November against Italy.

It is hoped that Addison will be able to return for pre-season over the summer. Ireland begin their series of four World Cup warm up games on August 10 against Italy.

Meanwhile, centre Stuart McCloskey is a doubt for Friday’s crunch penultimate regular season PRO14 game at Edinburgh after sustaining a concussion in the defeat at Glasgow last week.

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