Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka.
The IRFU have confirmed that Jordi Murphy will replace Jack Conan in Ireland’s 31-man 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.
Last night, when Joe Schmidt spoke to the media in the aftermath of Ireland’s 19-12 loss to Japan in Shizuoka, the Kiwi head coach confirmed that Conan would be departing Japan on Sunday to return home to Ireland.
Schmidt confirmed at the team announcement on Thursday that someone stepped on Conan’s foot which caused the injury.
Murphy was always in line to be heading to Japan if a back-row player went down in Japan and he could consider himself unlucky that he wasn’t in the original squad.
He was pulled from Ulster’s PRO14 opener on Friday after already being named in Dan McFarland’s team.
“Jack Conan has been ruled out of the remainder of RWC19 with a foot injury,” an IRFU statement read.
“He will be replaced in the Ireland squad by Jordi Murphy. Jordi will arrive in Japan today (Sunday 29th September) and will join the Ireland squad in Kobe as they prepare for Thursday’s Pool A game against Russia.”
Ireland will look to bounce back immediately against Russia on Thursday and they will know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to reach the quarter-finals of this competition.