Best to sit out South Africa Test

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Published: Wednesday 5th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Rory Best has been ruled out of Ireland’s autumn Test opener against South Africa in Dublin on Saturday.

The Ulster hooker, who has won 77 caps, is sidelined due to a calf muscle strain.

Leinster forward Sean Cronin is now likely to start against the Springboks after 32-year-old Best became Ireland’s latest front-row injury casualty following props Cian Healy, Martyn Moore and Nathan White.

Tighthead prop Mike Ross, meanwhile, is battling to be fit after a month out with groin trouble, although he returned to training on Tuesday.

“F ollowing a medical review yesterday evening, Rory has been ruled out of selection for the game against South Africa,” the Irish Rugby Football Union said in a statement.

“His calf strain has been slower to heal than expected.

“He is partaking in modified training, but a decision has been made not to risk him this weekend, and his progress will continue to be monitored.”

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is due to announce his starting line-up for the South Africa clash on Thursday.

After the Springboks, Ireland continue their autumn campaign against Georgia on November 16 before hosting Australia the following weekend.

Published: Wednesday 5th November 2014 by The News Editor

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