Ireland wait on injured Payne

Date published: November 9 2014

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Ireland centre Jared Payne could miss next weekend’s Test against Georgia after suffering a suspected foot sprain against South Africa.

Ireland centre Jared Payne could miss next weekend’s Test against Georgia after suffering a suspected foot sprain in the win over South Africa.

The New Zealander hobbled off in the closing of the 29-15 victory over Springboks at the Aviva Stadium will undergo further tests on Monday.

“Just chatting to Jared and the doc, we think he might have sprained his foot,” said Ireland boss Joe Schmidt in the aftermath.

“He’s had an X-ray that’s clear so it’s a step in the right direction, not that he’s probably taking too many rampant strides at the moment.

“But I’m hopeful that it will be okay, but we won’t know until probably Monday evening or Tuesday, because I think there’s some scans booked for Monday, just to get a better picture on that foot.”

In the ansence of veteran Gordan D’Arcy, debutant Payne and 21-year-old Robbie Henshaw forged a solid midfield partnership, proving the doubters wrong as they kept the experienced Boks at bay.

Schmidt was full of praise for the duo as they held firm to help Ireland to their first win over South Africa since 2009.

“They did well: I think all week we knew it was a tough ask, and we talked about it on Thursday, and I know it’s been a topic of discussion,” said Schmidt.

“And I know in the end people will make their own minds up.

“We’ll review the game, but coming cold in reflection I thought they both did incredibly well, there was some really physical defence from both players.

“Robbie gave us a real gain-line threat, and played intelligently.

“Jared ran a great support line of Rob Kearney at one point and was very quick to get onto that.

“That’s the sort of intelligence you want in your backline, because we are very used to having the very best of intelligence in our midfield.

“The two of them combined did a really good job for us.”

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