Rugby World Cup: Rhys Ruddock doubt for Ireland with arm injury

Leinster forward ruled out of last match of the Tbilisi Cup, awaiting scans on arm he also broke in December

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Rhys Ruddock in action for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup Photo: INPHO/GRU

Leinster back-row forward Rhys Ruddock could miss the Rugby World Cup after suffering an arm injury while captaining Emerging Ireland in Georgia.

I have concern for him as an individual, but he is a resilient young man, he will bounce back.

Allen Clarke

The 24-year-old had to be withdrawn in the first half of the development side’s 33-7 win over Uruguay in their second match of the 2015 Tbilisi Cup.

Speaking after the match against Uruguay, Emerging Ireland head coach Allen Clarke told the Irish Rugby website that they must await the results of scans, but he expects Ruddock to bounce back.

“It is early days, but he will go for an X-ray and the result of that X-ray will tell us where he is,” Emerging Ireland head coach Allen Clarke said to www.IrishRugby.ie

“He has had a knock there before, but I am not the expert. It would be wrong to second guess the X-ray.

“I have concern for him as an individual, but he is a resilient young man, he will bounce back. It rules him out of the rest of the tournament.”

The five-times capped senior international also broke his right forearm in his province’s European Champions Cup clash against Harlequins in December.

He missed out on Ireland’s successful defence of their RBS 6 Nations crown, although he did return for Leinster in February and March, only to require further surgery in April.

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