Jennings facing World Cup fitness battle
June 1, 2011
Shane Jennings is facing a race against time to make Ireland's Rugby World Cup squad © Getty Images
Leinster flanker Shane Jennings has undergone surgery on a broken arm, leaving his hopes of making Ireland's Rugby World Cup squad in the balance.
The 29-year-old, capped nine times by his country, was injured in last weekend's Magners League Grand Final loss to Munster at Thomond Park.
Early reports suggest a lay-off of eight weeks, giving the former Leicester openside a chance of playing a part in Ireland's World Cup warm-up games in August.
Declan Kidney's men will play Scotland, France (twice) and England prior to the tournament in New Zealand, with Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris another currently on the injured list.
Munster's David Wallaces is the current holder of the Ireland No.7 jersey, with Jennings' Leinster team-mate, Sean O'Brien, also comfortable in the position.
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