Munster star suffers fractures to cheek and eye socket in Ireland’s 6 Nations defeat

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, at Aviva Stadium

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Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, at Aviva Stadium

Munster star suffers fractures to cheek and eye socket in Ireland’s 6 Nations defeat

Ireland's CJ Stander is tackled by Tom Curry, of England, in their Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night

MUNSTER number eight CJ Stander suffered two fractures in his cheek and eye socket during the course of Ireland’s disappointing Guinness Six Nations defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium.

News of the injuries was confirmed by Stander’s brother-in-law Ryk Neethling in a tweet on Saturday night following the 32-20 defeat to Eddie Jones England side at Lansdowne Road.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt also confirmed after the game that Munster winger Keith Earls was replaced at half-time due to a hip pointer injury

Earls was on the receiving end of a number of late hits in the first half, including when he was taken out in the air by Maro Itoje when fielding a high ball. 

Following Saturday night’s game, Schmidt explained about the injured Munster duo: “Keith is pretty sore, he’s got a hip pointer. He got hit a couple of times early and was very sore. CJ Stander, we think has a facial injury, he’s gone for a scan.”

Henry Slade crossed twice, with Jonny May and Elliot Daly also grabbing tries, as England bullied 2018 Grand Slam champions Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray said: “We started a bit slow and gave up a couple of soft tries.

“Against a team of England's quality, you're always going to be struggling.

“If you look at the end of the game we started chasing and gave up another couple of soft scores

“Our start killed us against a team of England's quality. You can't come out here and start that slow and expect to win.”