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Hook Out of Pool Games; Ireland Duo Injured: World Cup Roundup

The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Hook Injury

Wales’s goal-kicking full-back James Hook will likely miss his team’s remaining World Cup Pool D games after injuring a shoulder joint in yesterday’s 17-10 win over Samoa, assistant coach Shaun Edwards said.

Hook suffered grade one or two injury to his acromioclavicular joint, which “usually means two or three weeks” out, Edwards said in comments distributed by tournament organizers. Wales faces Namibia in New Plymouth on Sept. 26 before concluding its pool schedule against Fiji on Oct. 2.

Flanker Dan Lydiate will have further tests after rolling his ankle in the game, Edwards added.

Irish Hamstrings

Pool C leader Ireland will wait until the end of the week to decide on the fitness of second-rower Paul O’Connell and center Gordon D’Arcy for its Sept. 25 game against Russia.

O’Connell and D’Arcy underwent scans today which showed they suffered hamstring strains during Ireland’s 15-6 victory over Australia two days ago. The players will be monitored over the coming days before the team to face the Bears is announced on Sept. 23, tournament organizers said.

Japan Rings Changes

Japan coach John Kirwan made 10 changes to his starting team for the second straight match for the Brave Blossoms’ third Pool A game against Tonga in two days.

Fly-half James Arlidge, who scored 21 points in Japan’s tournament opener against France, returns at fly half after being rested for the 83-7 loss to New Zealand on Sept. 16.

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