Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw out of All Blacks clash

Henshaw pulled hamstring before Argentina win and will miss rest of November series

Robbie Henshaw will miss Saturday’s All Blacks clash with a hamstring injury. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw will miss Saturday’s All Blacks clash with a hamstring injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

The IRFU have confirmed Conor Murray will not play any part in Ireland’s November internationals, ending any speculation the scrumhalf could make a return to action against the All Blacks.

Murray has not played this season due to a neck injury, which will keep him out of Saturday’s showdown against the world champions at the Aviva Stadium.

Murray had trained with the Ireland squad at Carton House the week before last and with Munster last week, with Joe Schmidt refusing to rule him out after the 28-17 win over Argentina.

“It’s not the injury, it’s really just how ready Conor is,” he said. “How fully fit he is because the injury itself has gone really well, but it is tough to come back into a game of that magnitude though. It is highly unlikely he will be involved, but as I said, I will talk to him.”

However any hopes the Lions nine would be named in Saturday’s XV - as predicted by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen - were dashed on Monday morning, and Murray now won’t be joining his international teammates.

Ireland will also be without Robbie Henshaw, who missed the win over Argentina after injuring his hamstring in the warm-up.

Henshaw, who was replaced by Will Addison against Los Pumas, will play no further part in the autumn series - meaning Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose are likely to start in midfield against New Zealand.

25-year-old Henshaw has had mixed fortunes against the All Blacks, scoring the key try in Ireland’s famous win in Chicago in 2016, before being stretchered off with a head injury in Dublin weeks later.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.