Autumn Internationals – Players called up to squads

We move into the second week of the November international window and their are already some movement of players into and out of the squads.

Here is a quick look at what is happening with injuries and replacements

Jordi Murphy and Sean Reidy have joined the Ireland squad following injuries to Tommy O’Donnell and Dan Leavy which ruled them out of selection this week.

The Ireland management have issued a squad update ahead of the Fiji match on Saturday.

Following Saturday’s physical encounter against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium there are a few players who will either be managed or require further medical investigation.

Peter O’Mahony received a number of stitches to his ear. John Ryan presented with a calf injury following the game. He will rehab in Munster this week.

The remainder of the match day 23 emerged with the usual bumps and bruises but are expected to be fit to train this week.

Newcastle prop Jon Welsh has been added to the Scotland November series squad after Willem Nel, Tim Swinson and Rob Harley were ruled out through injury.

Nel and Swinson sustained an arm fracture and hand injury respectively in Saturday’s win over Samoa at BT Murrayfield, each requiring further specialist assessment.

Wing Tommy Seymour injured his toe in the same match.

A MRI scan was performed at Spire Murrayfield Hospital, which confirmed that the player will require ongoing treatment by the Scotland medical team before returning to training this week.

Harley sustained a knee injury in training last week with medical assessment confirming he will take no further part in the autumn campaign.

He has returned to the care of his club’s medical team.


Toulon fly-half François Trinh-Duc has been included in the France XV’s starting line-up for Tuesday’s clash with New Zealand in Lyon.

Trinh-Duc came off the replacements bench during the last five minutes of France’s 38-18 defeat to the All Blacks in Paris on Saturday.

The 31-year-old is the only player who represented les Bleus in that Test who will be in action against the world champions again on Tuesday and he has been preferred to Jules Plisson, who has been named amongst the replacements.

Trinh-Duc will form a half-back partnership with Bordeaux Bègles’ Yann Lesgourgues while Clermont’s Scott Spedding has been named at full-back.

There’s a strong look to the team with French internationals Romain Taofifenua and Yoann Maestri lining up in the second row while the experienced Wenceslas Lauret starts on the flank.

France XV: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Hugo Bonneval, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Mohamed Boughanmi, 18 Lucas Pointud, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Fabien Sanconnie, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Vincent Rattez

Experienced No 8 Duane Vermeulen has been called up to the Springbok squad as replacement for Coenie Oosthuizen who sustained a serious knee injury on Saturday in Dublin.

Oosthuizen underwent a scan before flying home from Dublin, and the results showed that he has sustained medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament damage which will require surgery and an extended period of time of out of the game.

Vermeulen, who plays for French club Toulon, is set to join the Springbok squad on Monday at their base in Paris.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit will miss Saturday’s Test against the French because of concussion he suffered against Ireland. He left the field in the closing minutes of play after receiving a blow to his head.


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