The ‘Cheap Shot’ That Might Have Ended Jordi Murphy’s World Cup After Just 28 Minutes
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Jordi Murphy’s Rugby World Cup campaign with Ireland could be over after just 28 minutes of action against Russia this morning.
The Ulster back-row flew over during the week as an injury replacement for Jack Conan after fractured a bone in his foot and came straight into the starting line-up at eight against the Russians.
But just 28 minutes into the game, Murphy was hit with a ‘cheap shot’ by the Russian tighthead. Murphy’s arms were above his head and exposed in a maul after lifting in a lineout when the prop came in with a shoulder shot into his mid-region.
Murphy played on for five minutes but the damage was done to his ribs and he had to come off in the end. A sickening blow.
8 from @IrishRugby Jordi Murphy takes a hit to the left side of ribs in the 21st minute. He was lifting in the lineout with arms above head and ribs exposed. Played on until 28th min. Ribs are highly innervated- rib cartilage and/or fracture likely #RWC2019 #IREvRUS pic.twitter.com/0cW0BOmVqI
— Rugby World Cup Physio (@RugbyWCPhysio) October 3, 2019