Trimble eager for Springboks clash

Published Wednesday, 07 November 2012
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Andrew Trimble has called on the Ireland team to forget their summer tour nightmare when they face South Africa on Saturday - despite the absence of Paul O'Connell.

Trimble eager for Springboks clash
Andrew Trimble is hoping that Ireland will bounce back against the Springboks. (© Getty)

Ireland was thrashed 60 - 0 against New Zealand in the third of June's three-test series.

"It was a massive disappointment after the tour. It's not a tour that any one of us is proud to have been on," Trimble said.

"There's frustration at getting beaten so badly. It's a long time waiting to put things right.

"You can dwell on it and divert down a bad path or you can bounce back from it. Hopefully we can bounce back."

Trimble added: "Looking at it logically, we've produced big performances over the last few years and we know that if we do that, we'll get big results."

Ireland has been hit by injuries woes, with Paul O'Connell the latest player to be ruled out for the Springboks game.

On Tuesday, he trained with the squad and looked set to lead the team out, but his back injury has since flared up again.

A statement from the IRFU on Wednesday confirmed that O'Connell "suffered a reaction and will not be fit for selection for this weekend's game".

It added: "Paul will see a specialist in the coming days and an update will be issued in due course."

With O'Connell's fellow established internationals Brian O'Driscoll, Sean O'Brien, Stephen Ferris, Rob Kearney and Rory Best already ruled out, Ireland can ill-afford any further losses.

© UTV News
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