It's hard to believe right now, but there is a tomorrow for the Irish rugby team. After a shock and dispiriting defeat to South Africa.
Tadhg Furlong, Rob Kearney and Chris Farrell all left the field for a HIA, with only Furlong returning.
Meanwhile, Jack Conan's foot injury, which meant he wasn't involved today, has now officially signaled the end of his World Cup. It's a devastating blow for Conan after a very strong performance against Scotland, and leaves Ireland very short at Number 8 with CJ Stander the only player in the squad with any real experience in the position. It is expected that Jordi Murphy will be called up in his place, but the IRFU haven't confirmed that at this time.
Bad News for us as @JackConan1 has a fracture in his foot and will return home to Ireland tomorrow. No news yet on a replacement. A huge thank you to Jack for being such a great member of the squad. #TeamOfUs #ShoulderToShoulder pic.twitter.com/SMb1tlSq3S
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) September 28, 2019
Joe Schmidt in his post game press conference also confirmed that Rob Kearney failed his HIA, meaning he'll have to pass his return to play protocols this week and will be very unlikely to cleared in time for Thursday's game with Russia.