Sherry gets Ireland call, as Best struggles

The inexperienced Munster hooker is travelling to New Zealand as a precautionary measure, as doubts remain over the Ulster player’s fitness.

Sherry has featured in Munster's pre-season games.
Sherry has featured in Munster's pre-season games.

DOUBTS OVER THE fitness of Rory Best have prompted Ireland manager Declan Kidney to call up Muster’s Mike Sherry as a precautionary measure.

Best is Ireland’s only major injury concern ahead of his side’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales this Saturday.

However, despite Best suffering a shoulder injury in their recent win over Italy, the Ulster man has yet to be ruled out of the tie.

Ireland team manager Paul McNaughton told reporters:

“Rory Best is still progressing with his rehabilitation this week and while he is still rated doubtful for the Wales game, we felt it was prudent to bring Mike Sherry down to New Zealand as precautionary cover.”

Meanwhile, assistant coach Mark Tainton claimed that they were optimistic about Best’s chances of competing in the upcoming game, saying:

“The medical team’s worked hard with Rory over the last 24 hours. He’s reacted well and we’re very pleased with the response.”

Declan Kidney will name his starting XV for the Wales game on Wednesday, which kicks off at 6am (Irish time) this Saturday.

Read: Choice cuts: do you agree with our Rugby World Cup team of the tournament so far?>

Read: It’s a hit! Ireland’s win over Italy was a ratings winner>

Rugby Analysis

Get Murray Kinsella's exclusive analysis on the URC interpros and Champions Cup clashes this December

Become a Member

About the author:

Paul Fennessy

Read next: