Two Ireland players ruled out of Hamilton test
Ireland's frustrations at losing a nail-biting test to the All Blacks took a turn for the worse with two players ruled out of the third test in Hamilton because of injuries.
The Irish management confirmed their latest medical woes when they arrived in Queenstown on Sunday after losing the second test in Christchurch 22-19 on Saturday night, Dan Carter having got the All Blacks home with a last-gasp dropped goal.
Gordon D'Arcy left the field during the pulsating and bruising encounter due to injury and following a scan, it revealed a calf strain.
D'Arcy will return home and Ulster centre Paddy Wallace has been called into the squad as cover. He is due to arrive in New Zealand on Tuesday.
No.8 Jamie Heaslip picked up a finger injury and was also x-rayed after the game, with results showing a fracture to his right index finger. This will also rule him out of the Hamilton test on Saturday night.
But with the options available within the squad, the Irish management has decided no replacement will be necessary.
The Irish received better news after concerns to skipper Brian O'Driscoll and prop Mike Ross.
They both went for precautionary x-rays on facial injuries. The x-rays were clear and neither player has been ruled out of contention for selection this weekend at this stage.
Ireland will train in Queenstown and will announce their team there on Thursday before transferring north to Hamilton.