Ireland: Conor Murray to miss the rest of the Autumn Nations Series campaign due to injury

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Conor Murray will miss Ireland’s final two games of the Autumn Nations Series after suffering a groin strain against South Africa on Saturday.

The scrum-half was forced off in the opening period and it has been revealed that he will not be able to face Fiji and Australia.

Murray earned his 100th Irish cap at the weekend but sustained the issue when making a break in the 19-16 victory over the Springboks.

Better news elsewhere

In better news for Ireland head coach Andy Farrell, Stuart McCloskey and Tadhg Furlong are progressing well following the injuries they suffered in the first half.

McCloskey went off with an arm problem while Furlong hurt his ankle, but both are expected to take part in training ahead of the Fiji match.

Meanwhile, centre Robbie Henshaw is back after missing the game at the weekend due to a hamstring injury, with lock Iain Henderson also returning to the squad.

Henderson has not played this season after being forced home from their tour to New Zealand in July.

An IRFU statement read: “Unfortunately, Ireland’s latest centurion Conor Murray has been ruled out of the rest of the Series with a groin strain and will commence his rehab at Munster.

“Robbie Henshaw, who missed out on Saturday’s game due to a hamstring issue, will reintegrate to training this week. Stuart McCloskey is recovering quickly from the arm issue that forced him off early against South Africa and will train this week.

“Tadhg Furlong (ankle) is expected to take part in training this week while Ireland captain Johnny Sexton is recovering well from a dead leg.

“From Friday night’s A game against the All Black XV, Ciaran Frawley suffered a twisted knee and will continue his rehab at Leinster. Joe McCarthy and Ryan Baird will continue their return to play protocols at Leinster.

“Michael Milne, who featured against both the Pumas and the Cheetahs for Emerging Ireland in Bloemfontein, will train with the Ireland squad this week.”

Ireland’s 39-man training squad ahead of Fiji Test

Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Max Deegan, Caelan Doris, Tadhg Furlong, Dave Heffernan, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Jeremy Loughman, Mike Milne, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Scott Penny, Andrew Porter, Cian Prendergast, James Ryan, Dan Sheehan, Gavin Thornbury, Nick Timoney, Kieran Treadwell, Josh van der Flier

Backs: Robert Baloucoune, Caolin Blade, Joey Carbery, Craig Casey, Jack Crowley, Jamison Gibson Park, Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, Hugo Keenan, Michael Lowry, Stuart McCloskey, Calvin Nash, Jimmy O’Brien, Garry Ringrose, Johnny Sexton, Jacob Stockdale

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