MUNSTER back-row forward Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup due to a knee injury, while Paul O’Connell’s continued involvement in the competition is in grave doubt due to a ‘significant’ hamstring injury.
Irish team manager Mick Kearney confirmed this Monday morning that O’Mahony would miss the remainder of the World Cup due to a knee ligament injury he sustained in Sunday’s epic 24-9 victory over France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Team manager Kearney also revealed that Ireland team captain Paul O’Connell is due to undergo a scan for a ‘significant hamstring injury’ today. Limerick second row O’Connell sustained the injury at the end of the first half of Ireland’s impressive victory over France. It is expected that the injury will bring an end to O’Connell’s outstanding international career. O’Connell has played 108 times for his country.
Meanwhile, Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton is also to have a scan for the groin injury he received during the win over France. Initial assessment suggests the groin injury is not as serious as first feared. However, it is still unclear as to whether the Leinster out-half will be available to play in Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Argentina at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Sunday next, 1pm.
Mick Kearney said: “Johnny (Sexton) has a groin injury, but the initial prognosis is positive. We await the scan. Paul (O’Connell) is in hospital and we hope to have results later today.”
No decision on squad replacements for Peter O’Mahony or Jared Payne has been made as of yet.
The Ireland camp is also sweating over a possible citing for Sean O’Brien after he was caught on camera appearing to punch a French player. The citing officer has 36 hours to make a decision.