Wallace Ruled Out Of World Cup

 Aug 28,2011
Written by: Delon Cheketri

Ireland flanker David Wallace was ruled of the Rugby World Cup after damaging knee ligaments in the 20-9 loss to England at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Wallace's bandaged right knee was twisted in a tackle by Manu Tuilagi midway through the first half, and he was carted off in obvious pain. The Irish Rugby Football Union said Wallace will need surgery.

"David took a very bad bang on the knee ... he has unfortunately been ruled out of the World Cup," Ireland coach Declan Kidney said.

Wallace, capped 72 times since 2000, was preparing for his second World Cup.

"David took the news like the man he is," Kidney said. "You have to deal with these things. He's 35 and I've never seen a man as physically fit as he is right now. Never.

"It's heartbreaking for him and his family. It's extremely disappointing for us and will be good news for someone else. That's the cutthroat nature of sport."

The good news was given to Leinster's Shane Jennings, whose 10th and last cap was against France last weekend, his first match for Ireland in 14 months.

The IRFU later said the eye injury to prop Cian Healy made him a doubtful starter for the World Cup opener on Sept. 11 against the United States in New Zealand.

"Further investigation has shown an injury to his eye socket," the IRFU said in a statement. "Medical advice has dictated that Healy's departure date for the tournament has been put back by four days, when he will then fly out to join up with the rest of the squad in New Zealand."

Kidney expected the others who left the game early - Jerry Flannery (shin), Stephen Ferris (hand) and Jamie Heaslip (concussion) - to be available for the U.S. game.



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