Ireland Under-20s lose Bill Johnston to shoulder injury

Outhalf ruled out for remainder of world championships after Baby Blacks win

 Bill Johnston has been ruled out of the rest of the Under-20 world championships after dislocating his shoulder in the famous win over New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Bill Johnston has been ruled out of the rest of the Under-20 world championships after dislocating his shoulder in the famous win over New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

 

Ireland’s hopes of building on their epic wins over world champions New Zealand and Six Nations grand slam winners Wales have suffered a big set-back with outhalf Bill Johnston ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.

Johnston missed the Six Nations campaign with a shoulder injury and only made his U-20 debut on Tuesday night against Wales when he impressed and kicked eleven points in the 26-25 win.

But he suffered a dislocated shoulder just after half-time in the historic 33-24 victory over the Baby Blacks yesterday (SAT), a win which leaves Nigel Carolan’s men in pole position in Pool A of the World Rugby U-20 Championship.

Johnston, whose older brother David has broken through to the Munster senior side. is to return home and will be replaced in the squad by Brett Connon of Newcastle Falcons.

He is the second Irish player to be ruled out of the tournament through injury with tighthead prop Conor Kenny tasting just three minutes of action before a shoulder injury ended his campaign against Wales on Tuesday evening.

Ireland are expected to change the side around for Wednesday’s final pool game against Georgia where a win over the newcomers, who have lost both games, will guarantee a semi-final spot for only the second time ever.

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