Irish pair ruled out

More bad news for Irish with top duo ruled out of final All Black Test

Last Updated: 17/06/12 9:48am

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Gordon D'Arcy: Misses final Test

Gordon D'Arcy: Misses final Test

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Ireland duo Gordon D'Arcy and Jamie Heaslip have been ruled out of next weekend's final test match against New Zealand.

Centre D'Arcy and backrower Heaslip both suffered injuries in the second test as the All Blacks fought back to claim a 22-19 win with Dan Carter's late drop goal on Saturday.

D'Arcy is struggling with a calf strain, while Heaslip has suffered a broken finger and will join him on the sidelines in Hamilton next Saturday.

Lock Ali Williams will miss out for the All Blacks as he needs a knee operation which will sideline him for eight weeks.

"It has got to the point where we think it is better for him to get it operated on," said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen.

"It's about six to eight weeks minimum but we think if we use the time now he should be back for the (Four Nations). Everyone else has bumps and bruises and is a bit sore but is fit for selection."

Kieran Read will be assessed after being substituted at half-time with a head injury, but hooker Keven Mealamu has recovered from a calf injury and will be available for selection.

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