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Jones ruled out of Ireland's RWC squad

Updated: Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 15:13

Felix Jones is attended to by the Ireland physios on the Aviva Stadium pitch
Felix Jones is attended to by the Ireland physios on the Aviva Stadium pitch

By Tadhg Peavoy
Email: tadhg.peavoy@rte.ie Twitter: @TPeavoy

Ireland's Felix Jones has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup, having sustained a foot injury in Saturday's defeat to France at Aviva Stadium.

Following an MRI scan that was undertaken today, it was confirmed the Ireland full-back has sustained an injury to one of the stabilising ligaments in his foot, following an awkward fall in the second period of Ireland's 22-26 defeat to Les Bleus.

The Munster player had to be helped from the field with ten minutes remaining in the encounter.

The injury will be further reviewed by a specialist to rule out the need for surgery, but it will require a six-week period of immobilisation.

The injury means that Jones has been ruled out of contention for selection for Ireland's Rugby World Cup squad that is due to be announced tomorrow at 1pm.

Ireland manager Paul McNaughton said: "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.

"He had certainly put himself into contention over 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."

The injury will come as a severe blow to Jones, who has suffered from several injuries in his career. Most notably, he injured his neck playing for Munster against Connacht in December 2009.

He returned to competitive action in September 2010 and played three games before injuring his knee against Ospreys the same month.

Jones was back playing for Munster in March of this year and managed to oust Paul Warwick as the first-choice full-back for the province.

It's believed that Jones was a certainty to be included in Declan Kidney's Rugby World Cup squad and his injury will raise questions as to whether Leicester Tigers' Geordan Murphy will now be included in Ireland's 30-man Rugby World Cup squad in his place.

Kidney announces the cup squad at 1pm tomorrow. You can watch that announcement live here on RTE.ie.

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