Joe Schmidt Explains Why Jack Conan Was Hauled Off At Half-Time

A dunt.

Jack Conan was surprisingly replaced at half-time in Ireland’s 56-19 win over Italy earlier this afternoon. The Leinster forward was playing well, and had a huge role in Conor Murray’s try.

CJ Stander replaced him for the second-half, but many people were scratching their heads that Conan wasn’t given a little longer, considering he had done nothing wrong and Ireland already had the result in the bag.

Turns out Conan picked up a “dunt” on his shoulder, and was removed from the field as a precaution.

“Jack just took a dunt on the shoulder.” Schmidt said after the game.

“The shoulder is being checked out but we hope it’ll be okay. We will see how that looks over the next week.”

In other injury news, Tadhg Furlong’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared, while Robbie Henshaw awaits a scan on what looks to be a serious shoulder problem.