Ireland’s O’Donnell to miss Rugby World Cup

Ireland flanker Tommy O’Donnell has been ruled out of next month’s Rugby World
Cup after he suffered a dislocated hip in his team’s Warm up match against Wales
in Cardiff.

The twenty-eight-year-old Munster loose-forward has been capped 9 times by
Ireland but suiffered the injury in the second half and was driven off on on
a stretcher on the medical buggy.

Ireland went on to win the match 21-35 but the flanker spent Saturday evening
in hospital in the Welsh capital and underwent detailed observations.

The IRFU, confirming O’Donnell had been ruled out of the World Cup, said Monday,”Investigations
at University Hospital Wales yesterday (Sunday) afternoon confirmed that Tommy
suffered a hip dislocation in the game against Wales.

“He will be limited to non-weight bearing activity for at least six weeks
and has unfortunately been ruled out of participating in RWC15 (Rugby World
Cup).”

O’Donnell’s loss is a blow to an Ireland side, now ranked second in the world,
who will continue their build-up to the World Cup with three more warm-up fixtures
against Scotland, Wales and England.

Reigning Six Nations champions Ireland have been drawn in the same World Cup
pool as France, Italy, Romania and Canada, with the top two teams from each
of the four groups going through to the quarter-finals.

The IRFU also said Monday that Andrew Trimble will have “a precautionary
scan” on the foot injury he suffered against Wales last weekend.

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