Andrew Trimble ruled out of Ireland's final two Six Nations games

Andrew Cummings
March 7, 2017

Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of the rest of Ireland's Six Nations campaign with a hand injury, with his Ulster teammate Tommy Bowe called up as a replacement.

Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby explained: "Jared Payne, Tiernan O'Halloran, Dan Leavy and Joey Carbery stepped out of training today with a few bumps and bruises", before speaking more specifically about Payne. But he has been a long time out of the game.

"They are two outstanding players who we have to be really on our guard against. We'll see how it goes".

'Jared has bruising, it's nothing worse than that.

"Johnny is a world-class player and he runs the show for Ireland, ' Biggar told the Daily Mail".

Rob Kearney is expected to train fully on Monday as he looks to overcome a groin injury.

Payne has operated as Ireland's backline defensive coordinator under coach Joe Schmidt, but suffered a nasty kidney problem in the 27-24 win over Australia in the autumn.

However, he is now set to miss crucial showdowns with Wales and England.

Leinster young gun Ringrose has continued to build his Test match confidence across the Six Nations, with Easterby backing the 22-year-old to shine again in Cardiff. "We can all say how impressed we have been with Garry".

"Yes, he wasn't at his best against Scotland, but I think great players, who have done great things for you in the past, sometimes deserve a warning".

"We've known for a long time that he is something special and he hasn't done too much wrong".

Despite languishing in fourth place in the Six Nations table, Wales will not be experimenting against Ireland, deeming victory essential to preserve their place in the top eight-ranked sides before the World Cup group draw in May.

Edwards added: "We have had some great tussles with them (Ireland) over the years, so we will be picking our best team to win this game".

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