CONFIRMED: Conor Murray ruled out of All-Blacks clash

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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CONFIRMED: Conor Murray ruled out of All-Blacks clash

Conor Murray will miss Ireland's two remaining autumn internationals this November

SCRUM-HALF Conor Murray has been officially ruled out of Ireland’s two remaining autumn internationals, including this Saturday’s glamour fixture with New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium due to injury.

In a statement issued this Monday lunchtime, the IRFU confirmed that Munster scrum-half Murray is ‘accelerating through his recovery, but will not join the squad during the Guinness Series window.’

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said on Saturday evening that it would be the Patrickswell man Murray’s call on whether he would be in the mix for selection to face world champions New Zealand this weekend.

Murray has not featured for Munster or Ireland this season due to a neck injury.

Murray was at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night as Ireland ground out a hard fought 28-17 victory over Argentina.

In his post-match press briefing on Saturday, head coach Schmidt admitted it was ‘highly unlikely’ that 29-year-old Murray would feature against the All-Blacks.

It has also been confirmed that Robbie Henshaw's hamstring issue, which saw him replaced by Will Addision just prior to kick-off on Saturday against the Pumas, will rule him out of the remainder of the Guinness Series. 

Following this weekend’s game with the All-Blacks, Ireland take on the USA at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, November 24.

The IRFU reveal that following Ireland’s win over Argentina a couple of players will be managed in training today, Monday, following a physical encounter against Argentina but all are expected to train fully on Tuesday and Thursday.