Jones forced to sit out World Cup
August 21, 2011
Jones was stretchered from the field in the closing stages of Saturday's Test against France © PA Photos
Ireland back Felix Jones has been ruled out of the World Cup with the foot injury sustained in Saturday's 26-22 defeat by France.
Fullback Jones was driven from the pitch at the Aviva Stadium in a medical cart in the 71st minute after falling awkwardly while attempting to catch a high ball. An MRI scan undertaken today revealed damage to one of the stabilising ligaments in his foot, requiring six weeks of immobilisation.
The development means Jones, who was making his full Test debut yesterday, is no longer under consideration for Ireland's 30-man squad for the World Cup, which is named tomorrow lunchtime.
The 24-year-old Munster fullback had played his way into contention for New Zealand, though the injury has eventually ended any hopes of a call-up. "The squad and management are bitterly disappointed for Felix to suffer an injury at such a vital time in terms of selection for the final touring party," said manager Paul McNaughton.
"He had certainly put himself into contention during pre-season and the games in the last three weeks. We all wish him a speedy recovery and that he is back playing as soon as possible."
Jones was an option to supply back up to first choice fullback Rob Kearney at the World Cup, but coach Declan Kidney may now be forced to rejig his plans. Kidney may turn to turn to Tigers fullback Geordan Murphy after he was picked to play against Connacht in midweek, but it appears as though Luke Fitzgerald or Keith Earls will be asked to fill the role.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.