X

Tuesday 31
March

Rugby Union

Toner steps in for Henderson

21st February 2020, 18:50 by Jack Ogalbe

Ireland will be without lock Iain Henderson for Sunday's Six Nations game against England after he withdrew due to family reasons.

Coach Andy Farrell originally named an unchanged team from the side that beat Wales 24-14 a fortnight ago in Dublin although Ulster's Henderson has now made himself unavailable.

Leinster second-rower Devin Toner has taken his place in the side and will win his 70th cap, with Connacht's Ultan Dillane replacing him on the bench.

Scrum coach John Fogarty says the squad had been aware of the situation and, with the 28-year-old having twice missed training over the last week, he is confident Toner will have no issues stepping in for the Twickenham clash.

"Faz [Andy Farrell] was speaking with Iain during the week to see how it would all turn out," said Fogarty, via the BBC.

"They spoke a bit last night and this morning and it became clear this morning. We had planned during the week, in the eventuality that it would happen, that Dev is there."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

More Southern Kings

Rugby Union

FIR end Italian season

29th March 2020, 12:04

The Italian Rugby Federation has confirmed the 2019/20 campaign has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rugby Union

Retirement on the cards for Marler

29th March 2020, 12:03

Joe Marler is rumoured to be considering retiring from rugby union after an incident in this year's Six Nations Championship.

Rugby Union

Biggar tips Pivac to prove a success with Wales

28th March 2020, 14:41

Fly-half Dan Biggar is confident Wayne Pivac will prove a success as Wales coach despite what has been a difficult start to his tenure.

Rugby Union

Foster unsure on ABs schedule

28th March 2020, 09:45

New Zealand coach Ian Foster says it will be hard to play the July Tests due to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Rugby Union

Kruis content to take wage cut amid coronavirus crisis

27th March 2020, 11:30

Saracens lock George Kruis says he's happy to take a 25 per cent cut in wages to help the club get through the coronavirus crisis.

Rugby Union

Jones accepts pay cut amid virus chaos

26th March 2020, 17:45

Eddie Jones is to take a wage cut of over 25 per cent, joining the Rugby Football Union's bid to ease the outbreak's impact.

Recent Sport Headlines

Horse Racing

Newmarket 'sensible' choice for racing return

31st March 2020, 16:41

Trainer Paul Tate says Newmarket could be the smart choice when it comes to selecting a venue for the return of horse racing.

Horse Racing

Henderson hopeful of Altior return to form

31st March 2020, 16:09

Trainer Nicky Henderson believes there are plenty more good days ahead for Altior despite a disappointing 2019-20 season.

Horse Racing

Mums Tipple set for Ascot trip

30th March 2020, 16:45

Trainer Richard Hannon has suggested Mums Tipple will be heading to Royal Ascot in June for a shot at the Commonwealth Cup.

Horse Racing

Randwick Championship Days reduce prize money

30th March 2020, 12:04

The scheduled Championship Days at Royal Randwick in Sydney next month will take place as it stands without spectators and for less prize money.

Burnley

Burnley duo Brady and Hendrick on Bruce’s Newcastle hit-list

29th March 2020, 18:47

Newcastle United are reportedly plotting to swoop for Burnley midfielders Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick on free transfers this summer.

Golf

Dougherty hopes to see majors in 2020

29th March 2020, 17:37

Former European Tour winner Nick Dougherty says the golf authorities must come together to find a way of playing all four majors.

Horse Racing

May 1 return pencilled in

29th March 2020, 17:27

The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed they hope to return to action on May 1 after putting together a plan of action.

Inter Milan

On-loan Nainggolan may need to take pay cut to secure Cagliari switch

29th March 2020, 17:15

Radja Nainggolan reportedly must face a wage decrease if he is to join Cagliari on a permanent basis from inter Milan.