Rhys Ruddock Called-Up To Irish World Cup Squad

Rhys Ruddock has been called-up to the Irish World Cup squad. The Leinster flanker will arrive in Cardiff later today after being drafted-in to replace Peter O’Mahony, who has been ruled-out of the rest of the tournament with a knee ligament injury that he suffered during yesterday’s Pool D win over France. Paul O’Connell and Johnny Sexton will both undergo scans today, with O’Connell’s involvement in the rest of the tournament in major doubt, while Sexton is nursing a suspected adductor muscle injury. Head coach Joe Schmidt has yet to make a decision on who he should call-up to replace Jared Payne, while there’s also a fear that Sean O’Brien will be cited over an incident involving French second-row Pascal Pape. Meanwhile, Ireland have jumped two places up to third in the world rankings after yesterday’s win over the French. Australian flanker David Pocock appears to have escaped any punishment over an alleged use of his knee on Welsh hooker Scott Baldwin on Saturday. The match citing commissioner hasn’t recommended that charges be brought against Pocock in the aftermath of the game, which means that he’s now free to face Scotland in the quarter-finals.

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