Sean O’ Brien To Miss Ireland’s World Cup Quarter Finals

sean o'brienSean O’Brien has been ruled-out of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. O’Brien has been handed a one-week ban after he was found guilty of striking French second-row Pascal Papé during last Sunday’s Pool D match. The Independent Disciplinary Officer, ruled that O’Brien’s offence had been at the low-end of the punishment scale, with his initial two-week punishment halved to just one week because of the player’s previous disciplinary record. Meanwhile, Mike McCarthy has been added to the Irish Irish squad as a replacement for Paul O’Connell, who has been ruled-out of the rest of the tournament with a “significant hamstring injury”. The veteran Munster second-row has been denied a chance to end his international career on a high-point and head coach Joe Schmidt admits that his captain will be a big loss… [audio_player src=””] Argentina will also be without one of their first-choice players this Sunday. Centre Marcello Bosch has also been given a one-week ban for a dangerous tackle during last weekend’s win over Namibia. =========== Meanwhile, Scotland’s Ross Ford and Jonny Gray have both been ruled-out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup after they were both suspended for three weeks following a dangerous tackle during their recent win over Samoa.