As expected David Wallace will have to withdraw from the Ireland team to play France tomorrow, because of a tight hamstring. Good news for Shane Jennings, even if his first start since breaking his arm last May will now be a bit more onerous than planned (he was supposed to run around against Connacht last night). And not so hot for Declan Kidney.
The coach is looking at eight players –Kearney, Bowe, O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, Flannery, Ferris, Wallace and Jennings– who are all either certainties or very close to the plane, who are well short of a gallop for the World Cup where our pivotal pool game, against Australia, is second up.
I’ll pick my top 30 in the Sunday Independent after the France game tomorrow. After which we’ll see if any more have been added to the list of wounded, or just slow to walk.