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Ireland replace Keith Earls with Gavin Duffy for New Zealand Test

11th June 2012

• Earls was injured in Ireland’s 42-10 defeat to New Zealand
• But versatile back will remain with the Irish squad

Ireland have called up Connacht’s Gavin Duffy to replace Keith Earls who was ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand. Earls sustained a pectoral muscle injury in the closing stages of the 42-10 defeat in the series opener against the All Blacks and has been told he will play no part in Saturday’s rematch.

He will not return home, though, and will be monitored ahead of the third Test. Earls played at centre against the All Blacks but the versatile back was considered as Rob Kearney’s understudy at full-back too. His injury means more cover is needed in that area, hence Duffy’s summons.

The Ireland team manage, Michael Kearney, said: “Gavin will arrive in Christchurch on Tuesday and we’ll meet up with him when we arrive on Wednesday. He was under consideration and he was on the stand-by list but we felt that Keith has played a fair bit of rugby at full-back so we were adequately covered there.”


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