Mixed news as Ireland issue injury update following Scotland win


Ireland booked their quarter-final meeting with the All Blacks next weekend with an impressive 36-14 bonus-point victory over Scotland in Paris last night.

The men in green took a 36-0 lead at one stage in a very one-sided affair, putting to bed any talk this week about Scotland being a potential banana skin for the Irish.

But there were some worrying scenes for Ireland – with a number of players picking up injuries on the night.

Mack Hansen was initially forced off with an HIA, before being removed with a calf injury, forcing Jamison Gibson-Park to play on the wing in the second half.

James Ryan picked up a wrist injury towards the end of the game and will need to be assessed alongside Hansen, while James Lowe picked up a nasty eye injury, but has already shown signs of recovery.

“Obviously we will see how they pull up in the morning but Mack [Hansen] went off with a HIA and felt his calf straight away so we got him off,” Ireland boss Andy Farrell said after the game.

“James Ryan has a bit of a knock on his wrist that we need to assess more, so we will see how he is.

“James Lowe got a bang in the eye, it shut and he couldn’t see much, his vision was coming back towards the end of the game, which is good. A few more bangs and bruises that will need to be assessed tomorrow.”

Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby also provided an update on Robbie Henshaw this morning, adding that Keith Earls is also struggling with a hamstring problem as they wait to see if any replacements will need to be called up next week.

“As you may have seen, Robbie did some running at the captain’s run,” Easterby said.

“We understand a little bit more about their injuries – Robbie [Henshaw] and Keith [Earls]. We’re looking to get them both out running.

“If they get ruled out, Jimmy O’Brien has been waiting in the wings. He did an incredible job last November. We’d have no issues if he had to come in.”

There was no update on Tadhg Furlong, so he appears to be part of the “bangs and bruises” brigade and should be good to go for the quarter-finals.

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