It has been confirmed this lunch time that Munster and Ireland flanker Tommy O’Donnell is out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering a hip dislocation.
The flanker suffered the injury in Saturday’s 35-21 victory over Wales at the Millenium Stadium and his worst fears were confirmed earlier today.
The 28-year-old Munster native has been ruled out for at least six weeks which sees him ruled out of the tournament.
An IRFU statement read;
”Investigations at University Hospital Wales yesterday afternoon confirmed that Tommy O’Donnell suffered a hip dislocation in the game against Wales.”
”He will be limited to non-weight bearing activity for at least six weeks and has unfortunately been ruled out of participating in the upcoming Rugby World Cup.”
O’Donnell’s injury will come as a significant blow to Joe Schmidt and his back-room team as the Munster man was in fine form and looked likely to make the plane to England.
For, Ireland, they must continue without O’Donnell as they face Scotland this Saturday before playing Wales and England in two final warm-up games before the start of the 2015 World Cup.
From all here at Pundit Arena, we wish Tommy a speedy recovery.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena.