Stomach bug cramping Ireland’s style in Toronto
Several players unable to train ahead of Canada match, but Peter O’Mahony expects to feature
Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony speaks to media in Toronto. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
Ireland team doctor Jim McShane has his work cut out this week as a stomach bug has spread throughout the squad in Toronto.
While not quite on the epidemic scale visited upon the poisoned All Blacks before the 1995 world cup final against the Springboks, it is considered serious enough for at least four players to be put in isolation at the Sheraton Hotel base camp.
Several players cannot train until tomorrow, and while those suffering with illness are expected to recover by Saturday, interim head coach Les Kiss confirmed it is influencing selection plans ahead of the Test match against Canada at BMO Field.
“We’re in a situation where we will not have a full squad training (today) as there is unwellness in the squad,” said Kiss. “We just got to deal with it. These stomach upsets do happen when you travel.”
Canada have their own problems with Matt Evans, Sean Duke and Jebb Sinclair yet to pass the IRB concussion protocols after the attritional victory over Tonga last weekend.
It means coach Kieran Crowley won’t name a team until Friday.