Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has been forced into action in the wake of Dave Kilcoyne’s injury on Sunday.
The Munster prop had to be taken off with a knee injury in the first half of the Irish province’s Champions Cup victory over Castres on Sunday – with Schmidt subsequently adding his clubmate James Cronin to the panel for the national squad’s training camp in Spain ahead of the beginning of this year’s championship next month.
Congratulations to James Cronin as he has been added to the Ireland squad for their training camp in Spain ahead of the 6 Nations. Dave Kilcoyne misses out having injured his knee against Castres yesterday and is being reviewed by our medical team. #SUAF pic.twitter.com/68E5lNyNHf
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) January 22, 2018
Cronin replaced Kilcoyne just before the midway point of the first half, and the Corkman impressed as Johann van Graan’s side began to turn the screw in as the game wore on. The 27-year-old Corkman put the icing on the cake for Munster by scoring the final try in the comprehensive 48-3 victory. He’ll now be looking to impress Schmidt and increase his chances of adding to his handful of international caps.
For Kilcoyne, meanwhile, the extent of his knee injury is still not known. The 29-year-old left Thomond Park on crutches on Sunday but with just two weeks remaining until Ireland kick off their Six Nations campaign in France, it is still touch-and-go.