Ireland have issued a squad update following their Autumn Nations Cup loss to England last weekend. Andy Farrell’s squad take on Georgia in their round three match next Sunday in Dublin. An IRFU statement read: “Ed Byrne’s calf tightness ruled him out of playing a role at Twickenham. He will continue his rehab this week. Ulster’s Eric O’Sullivan joins the squad to provide additional cover.

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“John Ryan flagged an issue during the warm-up which was treated but flared up again during the second half, he is expected to be able to train fully this week.

“Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw will continue their respective rehab programmes at the IRFU’s HPC this week.”

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James Ryan’s assessment of Ireland’s loss to England

Ireland were outplayed at Twickenham in the round two Nations Cup fixture, losing 18-7 and only scoring with a late consolation try despite having copious amounts of possession. 

They opened their campaign with a win over Wales in Dublin and another home success over the Georgians will likely secure a second-place group finish and a December 5 play-off at Aviva Stadium against Scotland, who lose out of to France in their top of the table clash with France last Sunday. 

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