Ruddock replaces Muldoon in Irish squad

Rhys Ruddock playing for the Ireland U20s.

Leinster back rower Rhys Ruddock has been drafted into the Ireland squad ahead of their final November Test series match against Argentina on Saturday (2pm).

Ireland team manager Michael Kearney confirmed today that John Muldoon tore his medial knee ligament during last Saturday's 53-0 win for the Ireland XV over Fiji in Limerick.

Muldoon was forced off during the second half of the non-cap international and had a scan on his damaged knee yesterday morning.

It is anticipated that the injury will rule him out for 10 to 12 weeks, meaning he will definitely miss Connacht's back-to-back Heineken Cup clashes with Biarritz Olympique next month.

Meanwhile, out-half Jonathan Sexton is expected to 'train fully on Thursday' according to Kearney.

Sexton suffered a groin injury in the warm-up before the Fiji game and was withdrawn from the replacements bench, with Keith Earls taking his place.

Head coach Declan Kidney clarified that the decisions to take Sexton out of the squad was precautionary.

"During the warm-up he got a bit of a tight groin so we felt it was prudent to pull him out," the Cork man said.

Kearney said today at the team base in Carton House that a scan on Sexton's groin showed 'no damage'.

The Ireland team and replacements for the crunch clash with Argentina will be named on Thursday afternoon.

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