Keith Earls has been ruled out of the second test against the all blacks in Christchurch with a pectoral muscle injury.
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The Irish utility back suffered the injury during the closing stages of Irelands 42-10 defeat in the first test against the All Blacks in Auckland. Earls will be under the close supervision of the medical staff ahead of Ireland’s third test in Hamilton on 23 June.
Front rowers Cian Healey and Declan Fitzpatrick were both injured during the second half of the first test. Fortunately for Declan Kidney the injuries to both of the props are not as bad as first thought. Healey’s shoulder injury was a worry to Declan Kidney after the match but he has improved over the last 24 hours and will be monitored during the week along with debutant Declan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick was thought to have suffered a hamstring strain but this turned out to be a gluteal muscle strain. Both props were still available for selection and now face a race for fitness ahead of the second test in Christchurch on June 16 the team said.
This will come as good news to Kidney who might have faced an injury crisis with tighthead Mike Ross still suffering from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of the first test.