After coming out of the RBS 6 Nations with no significant injuries, the Irish players returned to the respective club teams. Hooker Jerry Flannery missed the entire 6 Nations tournament with a calf injury that has plagued him for almost two years now but just last week, Flannery finally had surgery to repair the muscle in order to give him ample recovery time to return to Ireland. Flannery has been a key player for the Irish over the past 6 years and it would be a deadly blow to not have him against Australia in the opening round.
Just six days ago Irish Coach Declan Kidney received some devastating news. Irish Captain and leader of the pack, Paul O’Connell was injured against rival Leinster. O’Connell fell from a lineout and landed awkwardly on his ankle. The fear is that he may have torn his Achilles tendon or damaged ligaments around that area. Nothing has been confirmed but he will be out for Munster’s up coming game against Brive in France on Saturday.
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