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Irish lose Topping and Nesdale
Dublin
January 18, 2000

Two players have confirmed their withdrawal from Ireland's Lloyds TSB Six Nations training squad.
Ulster winger James Topping, who broke his thumb last weekend in the European Cup game against Colombiers faces six weeks on the sidelines and will therefore be unavailable for the game against England.
He is joined on the unavailable list by Newcastle hooker Ross Nesdale who, as reported on Scrum last week, will face a lengthy lay off after sustaining a neck injury in a club game earlier this month.
As yet no replacement players have been called into Warren Gatland's training squad.
Ten other players also missed out on the session near Dublin Airport yesterday, althought none of their injuries is thought to be serious. The walking wounded are Ronan O'Gara (strained knee), David Humphreys (groin), Brian O'Meara (knee), Alan Quinlan (shoulder), Justin Fitzpatrick (thumb), Andy Ward (knee), Jeremy Davidson (elbow), Peter Stringer (ankle), Bernard Jackman (groin) and David Wallace (ankle).

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