Ireland call up Gavin Duffy after Keith Earls is ruled out of second Test against New Zealand
Monday 11 June 2012
Ireland have called up Connacht's Gavin Duffy after ruling Keith Earls out of the second Test against New Zealand.
Earls sustained a pectoral muscle injury in the closing stages of the chastening 42-10 defeat in the series opener against the All Blacks and has been told he will play no part in Saturday's rematch.
He will not return home, though, and will be monitored ahead of the third Test.
Earls played at inside centre against the All Blacks but the versatile back was considered as Rob Kearney's understudy at full-back too.
His injury means more cover is needed in that area, hence Duffy's summons.
Ireland team manager Mick Kearney said: "Gavin will arrive in Christchurch on Tuesday and we'll meet up with him when we arrive on Wednesday.
"He was under consideration and he was on the stand-by list but we felt that Keith has played a fair bit of rugby at full-back so we were adequately covered there."
Hector Bellerin: How saying no to Barcelona paid off for Bellerin - and Arsenal
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
'I am the president of everybody': What Sepp Blatter said after winning re-election as Fifa president
Fifa bomb threat: Swiss authorities confirm a bomb threat has been made at the Fifa Congress
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 4 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
- 5 Kate Moss on the naked Calvin Klein shoot and the obsession that ended her relationship
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'