Fitzgerald not heading to South Africa

Date published: May 30 2016

Injury has cut short Luke Fitzgerald’s chance of touring South Africa with Ireland next month.

The experienced back has been ruled out due to a knee problem aggravated during last weekend’s PRO12 final defeat for Leinster to Connacht.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt may now turn to one of those Connacht players, Matt Healy or Tiernan O’Halloran, to replace Fitzgerald for the tour.

“Unfortunately Luke Fitzgerald picked up a knee injury in the game and he will be replaced,” said Schmidt.

“Due to Luke picking up the knee injury one of those Connacht players is likely to be in the frame to be his replacement.

“One of the advantages with Matt is that he’s a left-footed left winger and like-for-like with Luke. He’s certainly a guy who’s in contention.”