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Munster prop called into Ireland squad as Dave Kilcoyne rests injury

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Munster’s prop Jeremy Loughman has been enlisted into the Irish squad as they intensify their preparations for the upcoming World Cup.

According to Ireland’s assistant coach, John Fogarty, Loughman was brought in due to an injury that has led to Dave Kilcoyne taking a rest. Fogarty refrained from detailing Kilcoyne’s injury, mentioning that he’s “dealing with something.” However, he reassured that Kilcoyne’s fitness for the World Cup is not in jeopardy.

Ireland is set to face England this Saturday in their second warm-up match for the World Cup.

Responding to questions about Kilcoyne’s injury, Fogarty stated, “No, it’s not a concern that will extend beyond the next few weeks.” He also mentioned that the team lineup would be unveiled on Thursday by the head coach, Andy Farrell. Currently, Jeremy Loughman has joined the team and his presence is highly valued.

Munster prop called into Ireland squad as Dave Kilcoyne rests injury

Fogarty further expressed his satisfaction with having Loughman on board, especially considering Munster’s impressive performance in their recent six matches. Loughman played a pivotal role during this period.

He elaborated, “Jeremy has just come off the field, and it’s truly beneficial to have someone like him join us. Kilcoyne is taking care of himself this week, and Jeremy has stepped in. This is a positive development.”

Fogarty also provided encouraging updates on Jack Conan, the Irish back-rower who had missed the previous week’s training camp in Portugal due to a foot injury. Conan remained in Dublin for rehabilitation after exiting the field during Ireland’s victory over Italy with a foot injury.

Fogarty shared, “Conan has been progressing well throughout the past week. While I don’t have the latest update, Andy will provide one on Thursday. He’s had a productive week – really impressive.”

Loughman, the loose-head prop for Munster, made his debut for Ireland against the Maori All Blacks in 2022. Unfortunately, he sustained a severe head injury just under two minutes into the match. After undergoing a head injury assessment (HIA), he was allowed to continue by an independent match doctor, but later, at halftime, the Irish medical team advised his permanent substitution due to concerns about his well-being. His sole senior cap for Ireland was earned in November of the previous year during a match against Fiji.

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