Boss ruled out of Ireland’s tour of New Zealand

Leinster scrumhalf Isaac Boss has been ruled out of Ireland’s June International Test series as he will not recover from a thigh injury in time.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney had left a space open on the tour for Boss but as the squad leave for New Zealand on Thursday he ran out of time.

Coach Kidney also left room last week for a prop, lock and loose forward, and intended to finalize his squad on Wednesday, after Ireland met the Barbarians on Tuesday in Gloucester.

However, lock Paul O’Connell will be given until Friday to prove his fitness following a knee injury, and whether he can join the tour.

O’Connell captained Ireland in the Six Nations in the absence of the injured Brian O’Driscoll.

Boss was the second player to miss the tour, after Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris hurt his calf in the Heineken Cup final 10 days ago.

Ireland plays the first of three tests against the All Blacks on June 9 in Auckland.

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