Irish won't be feeling their Best against France

17th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2007, BORDEAUX (AFP) - Irish hooker Rory Best is out of Friday's crunch World Cup Group D match against France after fracturing a thumb it was revealed on Sunday.

17 September 2007

BORDEAUX (AFP) - Irish hooker Rory Best is out of Friday's crunch World Cup Group D match against France after fracturing a thumb it was revealed on Sunday.

The 25-year-old injured his thumb in Ireland's dire 14-10 victory over Georgia here on Saturday.

Having scored the opening try of the match, he left the field in the 53rd minute to be replaced by Jerry Flannery, many of whom in the Irish press have been clamouring for his inclusion from the start and who set up Ireland's second try by Girvan Dempsey.

Tests on Sunday showed that the Ulster hooker and newly-appointed skipper - whose brother prop Simon is also in the squad - had both dislocated and fractured his thumb and he will need two to three weeks to recover.

That rules him out of Ireland's final two group games, the last of which could well decide their fate against Argentina.

Two other players, winger Denis Hickie and prop John Hayes, should both sit out Monday training but will be fit for the French match, according to the Irish management.

AFP

Subject: German news

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