September 28, 2019 / 10:49 AM / 25 days ago

Ireland's Conan ruled out of World Cup

FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Scotland v Ireland - BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Britain - February 9, 2019 Ireland's Jack Conan before the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

FUKUROI CITY, Japan (Reuters) - Ireland backrower Jack Conan has been ruled out of the World Cup after breaking his foot, coach Joe Schmidt said after his side’s stunning 19-12 loss to Japan on Saturday.

Ulster’s Jordi Murphy is set to be called up in his place.

Conan impressed when he was called off the bench early in the opening 27-3 win over Scotland and looked set to start against Japan on Saturday but hurt his foot in training.

Murphy, who featured in the last World Cup and was close to making the cut this time, was withdrawn for Ulster’s Pro 14 game against Ospreys on Friday as Ireland awaited news on the extent of Conan’s injury.

The 28-year-old, capped 29 times, is comfortable at number eight or flanker and is likely to feature in the remaining pool games against Russia and Samoa after Ireland fielded an unchanged pack for their first two games.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by Tony Lawrence

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