Ireland Have Concerns Over Gary Ringrose’s Finger Injury for Six Nations 2020
The 2020 Six Nations Championship only began a couple of days ago, but things are looking doubtful where Gary Ringrose’s future in the tournament is concerned. While the Irish team defeated Scotland 19-12 in their opening match on Saturday, 1 February, the next game will see them play against defending champions, Wales on Saturday, 8 February.
Unfortunately, Ireland centre Ringrose looks like a doubtful pick for the event, following what is suspected to be a broken finger, coming off the game against Scotland. Ringrose would be replaced at the half-time mark by Leinster team-mate Robbie Henshaw. The only news provided on Saturday evening was that Ringrose would undergo a scan, but on Sunday, reports of his suspected fracture were announced.
If this is the case, then Ringrose could also miss out on playing against England on February 23. This leaves Ireland with a decision to make – who can replace him in centre position. Munster’s Chris Farrell remains a strong choice, as do both Stuart McCloskey and Will Addison of Ulster, the latter of whom was last in the news for a four-week ban in November of 2019. An update of Ringrose’s status is expected to come later on today, which will also reveal the possibility of him playing in the game against Wales.
Can Ireland Beat the Defending Champions?
Regardless of if Ringrose is part of the team on Saturday against Wales or not, the question remains as to whether Ireland are able to come through with a second victory. Bets are likely to take place across a variety of online sportsbooks, and Silentbet.com is a platform that allows potential gamblers to locate a perfect sports betting platform. That’s quite the intriguing service to provide, considering there are so many online bookies to select from.
After the contest taking place against England, the Irish squad will look to best Italy on March 7 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The final match of Round Four will see them go up against France on March 14. Things have been going well for Ireland so far in general, especially in terms of the most points scored. Jonathan Sexton sits atop that ranking for the time being, having claimed 19 points in total. Yet, it is defending champions Wales who have the most tries so far, with Josh Adams claiming three.
Ireland does have to put a couple of players through return-to-play protocols though, after both Caelan Doris and Dave Kilcoyne suffered big blows to the head during this past Saturday’s game. Both players were replaced in the match, with Doris falling victim to a collision after just five minutes of playtime. Not only that, but prop Tadhg Furlong had to be replaced late on in the same game due to what Ireland’s coach, Andy Farrell spoke of as being “tight calves”. No doubt the Irish team will be hoping for less injuries to occur in their game against Wales.