Injured Tuohy to miss England clash

Published Monday, 10 February 2014
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Dan Tuohy could be out of action for up to 10 weeks after being injured in Ireland's win against Wales over the weekend.

Injured Tuohy to miss England clash
Ulster said Tuohy may be out of action for up to 10 weeks. (© Getty)

The Ulster lock suffered a fractured radius and had surgery in Belfast on Monday. It means Tuohy will miss Ireland's game against England in two weeks time.

His club said: "Ulster lock, Dan Tuohy, had surgery in Belfast today to stabilise the fractured radius that he sustained playing for Ireland in the Six Nations game against Wales at the weekend. He is expected to be out of rugby for between eight and 10 weeks."

Saturday's impressive 26-3 victory moved Ireland into sixth place in the latest world rankings, one above the Welsh - but more importantly it takes the team to Twickenham in two weeks time knowing a win over England would see them lift the triple crown.

Rory Best told UTV it won't be easy.

He said: "Maybe teams were writing us off a little before the championships, but we have now backed up two in a row. England are going to be at home, they are going to be a difficult proposition. They went to Paris and should have won that, they dominated the game.

"They're going to see it as a massive opportunity for them because they can still win the championship and the triple crown, so it's going to take another step up."

Chris Henry and Paddy Jackson capped off another fine performance from the Ulster contingent as they both scored their first international tries at the weekend.

Jonny Sexton, who had a busy afternoon half before Jackson came on, said it will have been a special occasion for the Ulster flyhalf.

"You look at the impact our bench had, everyone brought a bit more intensity when guys are getting tired and Jacko as much as anyone," said the Racing Metro star.

"Scoring that try is great for him and he is really starting to show the potential, it's good for everyone who knows him and watches him closely, who knows how hard he works and it's good to see him getting rewarded and his first try for Ireland, it is special for him."

But despite the weekend's results, Sexton said the players must not allow themselves to get carried away with talks of Ireland winning the championship this year.

He went on: "In this country everyone is born mad so when you lose everyone takes it to heart and when you win everyone is so delighted and you do get carried away but it is important for the players and squad to recover this week and build a plan for England.

"Then it will be all minds on that game, and that will be a big challenge for us."

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