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Ireland Count The Cost Of Bruising Loss To England

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Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium 

There will be plenty of sore bodies around Carton House on Monday when the Ireland squad begin preparations for their trip to Murrayfield to take on Scotland. 

In terms of the physicality and intensity which was evident at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Ireland were definitely second best.

From the moment Jamie George threw over the top of the lineout to an onrushing Manu Tuilagi, you got the sense that England were going to edge the physicality stakes.

For Ireland, they will be concerned about how England clearly did their homework and executed a game plan designed to negate the aerial contest – one of their key attacking weapons.

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The immediate concern for Joe Schmidt will be the fitness of his squad as a number of players look to be doubts for the trip to the Scottish capital.

Keith Earls was removed at halftime and Schmidt revealed in the post-match press conference that he suffered a “hip-pointer” injury after his collision with Maro Itoje.

“Keith Earls is pretty sore, he’s got a hip pointer,” Schmidt said.

“He got hit a couple of times early and was very sore.”

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In terms of CJ Stander, Schmidt revealed that the Munster number eight is to go for a scan on a face injury.

“CJ Stander, we think has a facial injury, he’s gone for a scan.”

Finally, Devin Toner is a concern due to an ankle injury he picked up at the end of the game which will be a worry due to Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson already missing through injury.

“Dev Toner with an ankle [issue], just taking that kick-off at the end of the game. It looks like he’s rolled his ankle. It’s been a bit problematic for him recently. The other guys are just bumps and bruises.”

Losing to your oldest rivals will hurt for some time and Schmidt reveals there are “emotional bruises” that will need to be tended to also.

“There are physical and emotional bruises there for sure.”

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