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Irish injury worries
Dublin
October 16, 1999

Ireland have half a dozen players struggling with minor injuries ahead of their World Cup quarter-final play-off in Lens, France, next Wednesday.
Skipper Dion O'Cuinneagain caused concern when he limped off late in Ireland's 44-14 win over Romania on Friday night - a victory that sealed Ireland a meeting with the best third-placed team after the group stage: either Samoa, Argentina or Canada.
O'Cuinneagain said his injury was "just a hamstring twinge" and that he had left the field "purely as a precaution".
With flanker Trevor Brennan still suspended, the Irish also have worries
over back-rower Eric Miller, prop Peter Clohessy, wing Justin Bishop and fly-half Eric Elwood.
Miller (hamstring), Clohessy (back) and Bishop (hamstring) all pulled out of Friday night's match but coach Warren Gatland said he hopes the trio will be available when he names his side for the Lens match on Monday afternoon.
Fly-half Eric Elwood, who Gatland said had his "best match for Ireland for three seasons", has 11 stitches in a head cut but will be available if
selected.
Elwood's seven-from-seven goal-kicking performance against Romania put
pressure on first-choice Irish stand-off David Humphreys.
"Eric was jumping out of his skin tonight," said Gatland. "He controlled
the ball well and kicked excellently. Chosing between the two of them is a nice problem to have."

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