The Latest On Jordi Murphy Following Devastating Injury Against Russia


Jordi Murphy’s World Cup could be over before it even got a chance to get started following a devastating injury in Ireland’s win over Russia this morning.

The Ulster back-row, who flew over during the week as an injury replacement, didn’t even last a half-hour after taking a heavy shot into the ribs. The incident happened around 21 minutes in with Murphy staying on for a further five minutes or so, despite clearly being in serious discomfort.

“Jordi, he’s just got squeezed in the ribs. He may have popped a rib there, so we’re going to get him checked out,” Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said after the game.

“He was pretty uncomfortable and that was disappointing because out plan was only to play him for 40 minutes and keep CJ Stander fresh for 40 minutes as well.”

“We’ll see what that comes back like.”

Should Murphy be unable to continue, Schmidt could look to Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell to fly over or even Devin Toner with Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne able to slot into the back-row.

Joey Carbery meanwhile was a late withdrawal from the replacements bench with another ankle problem. But Schmidt said the Munster outhalf is “ok” as are Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney.

“Joey is good. I think he would have been OK to play,” Schmidt added.

“Johnny is all good and Rob is OK, he just felt a little bit tight in the groin and we felt it was about time to take him off anyway.”

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