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O'Connell and Best to miss NZ and Australia tour

O'Connell and Best to miss NZ and Australia tour

Lock Paul O'Connell and hooker Rory Best will miss Ireland's end-of-season rugby tour of New Zealand and Australia because of injuries.
British and Irish Lions captain O'Connell has a groin injury and is replaced in coach Declan Kidney's 33-man squad by Ed O'Donoghue.
Best has an ankle problem and his place goes to John Fogarty.
Ireland already has the experienced Stephen Ferris, Denis Leamy and Luke Fitzgerald unavailable because of injury.
Ireland hosts the Barbarians next week before playing New Zealand on June 12. The team then plays New Zealand Maori on June 18 and Australia in Brisbane on June 26.


Updated : 2021-02-26 21:44 GMT+08:00