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Ringrose 'up and talking' as Ireland issue update on 5 injured players

By Ian Cameron
Garry Ringrose is carted off - PA

Ireland centre Garry Ringrose is being closely monitored after suffering a head injury during Ireland’s 22-7 Guinness Six Nations victory over Scotland.

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Victory for Andy Farrell’s men kept them on course for the clean sweep, while prolonging Scotland’s 33-year wait for the Triple Crown, but the men in green paid a heavy price in term of injuries, not least Ringrose’s. The outside centre suffered a sickening head injury late on before they comfortably held on to the victory, albeit without managing to clinch the bonus point.

The incident occurred during the second half of the game when Ringrose collided with Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn, forcing him to leave the pitch on a cart. Ringrose managed to give a thumbs-up on the stretcher but will almost certainly miss next weekend’s clash with England.

Head coach Andy Farrell revealed that Ringrose was “up and talking” but still “a little bit dazed”. He added that the player was in the medical room and not in the dressing room.

Garry Ringrose

Farrell also expressed concern about several other injured players, including Caelan Doris and Dan Sheehan. Despite being hopeful that they will be fit for next Saturday’s Grand Slam clash against England, he admitted that he was in “wait-and-see mode” with most of his injured players.

“We lost Doris, Sheehan, and Iain Henderson in the first half and Ronan Kelleher and Garry Ringrose in the second,” said Farrell. “Caelan Doris, we’d a double-whammy didn’t we in that regard with the try getting chalked off for them using a fresh ball. I don’t know what advantage we got from that, but anyway. We lost Caelan [back] in the midst of it, so hopefully he’s going to be okay [for next week].”

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“Iain Henderson’s in a cast already with his wrist. Dan Sheehan, the x-ray is okay on his shoulder. We’re hopeful on him. Ronan, he injured his shoulder again. It’s similar to what he did in France last year. No power, etc. That’s shut down.”

Ireland will now face England in a highly-anticipated Grand Slam match at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday.

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