On the afternoon on 19.11 after the win against the All Blacks in the previous test game that saw Ireland get ranked second best national side by World Rugby, head coach, Joe Schmidt released a squad update that was on the issue of reducing the team by releasing some players.
The IRFU statement read: “Following the second game of the Guinness Series game on Saturday a number of players will be managed across the week.
“Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Rob Kearney, James Ryan, Jordan Larmour, Dan Leavy and Kieran Marmion have re-joined their provinces.”
The release of these players came with no further explanation as to reasons why but for the betterment of the team.
The same issued update addressed the cases of the injured Irish players. Schmidt gave a review on their conditions and information on the treatment and rehabilitations as stated;
“Peter O’Mahony suffered a dead leg and his training load will be managed accordingly.
“Dan Leavy has a neck strain and his rehabilitation will be managed at Leinster.”
Meanwhile Seán O’Brien underwent a surgical procedure for a forearm injury sustained in Ireland’s Guinness Series match against Argentina. He will be out for eight to 12 weeks.
Robbie Henshaw is undergoing a period of rehabilitation for a hamstring strain. He will be out for a period of four to six weeks.
With the seven releases players and a number of injured prominent players on the national side, one can only imagine the team Joe Schmidt is to name on Thursday ahead of the next test game at Aviva Stadium this weekend.