Jennings in World Cup fitness race

Leinster and Ireland flanker Shane Jennings underwent surgery yesterday to mend a broken arm sustained in Saturdays Magners Grand final defeat to Munster.

The open side who, coming on as a half time substitute, was crucial in turning the Heineken Cup final in Leinster’s favour. Now, though, his injury-plagued year has another chapter before Ireland coach Declan Kidney names his squad for New Zealand on August 22nd.

A knee cartilage affliction kept Jennings side-lined for eight weeks before the run in to the end of the season finals gathered pace.

Niggling problems persisted even after he recovered from that injury. In the run up to the Blues’ date with destiny in Cardiff: Head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed that Jennings had not missed a training session, the first week he had done so since December.

Now, as his national and provincial team-mates set off on a four week break, Jennings (who has won nine international caps) has been forecast for an eight week layoff.

That recovery period would see him miss a month of training and conditioning before the first game of Ireland’s World Cup warm up series against Scotland on August 6th.

The World Cup kicks off a month later than that when Ireland will play Eddie O’Sullivan’s USA in New Plymouth on September 9th.


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