Healy flies home, Lions call up Grant

lionsBreaking news this morning, Cian Healy is to fly home from the Lions tour in Australia due to ankle ligament damage. Scotland and Glasgow prop Ryan Grant has been called up as a replacement. The Irish loosehead prop suffered the injury in Wednesday’s game against the Western Force as he fell awkwardly in the tackle.

Gethin Jenkins is struggling with a calf strain and will miss the game against the Reds this weekend – Mako Vunipola will start with Dan Cole on the bench (presumably Matt Stevens will be tasked with covering both sides of the scrum). It is a huge blow for Jenkins who has seen Vunipola come in and play extremely well in the opening two games, and who now faces a race against time to prove his fitness and form before the opening test. Alex Corbisiero is still in transit to Australia (somehow), but will now remain for the whole tour.

18 thoughts on “Healy flies home, Lions call up Grant

  1. Cole and Jones on the bench? Which is likely to cover loose head? They could have promoted Jones to starting, Cole to bench and have Stevens swap sides. Would that not have made more sense? Unless they just see Stevens as a TH.

    Good to see Grant called up, very deserving. Be interesting to see how bad Jenkins injury is – hopefully not too bad, but with Grant being flown out, it doesn’t suggest great news.

    1. It seems like the policy is to fly people out as ‘cover’ at the moment. Had Healy been able to carry on I suspect Corbisiero would have headed back to Argentina, much in the same way that if Jenkins can recover fairly sharpish, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Grant heading back to South Africa.

  2. Think they should have started Stevens at loose-head, 3 games (one in a sauna) and 2 flights in 8 days is a lot of work for Vunipola and the last thing we need is another prop breaking down.

    Maybe they can give Stevens 40 mins to make his mark at tight-head before moving him across and bringing Jones on.

    When Ryan Grant is your 5th in line (and serial Wallaby terroriser Sheriden is still in reserve) you’ve got some serious strength in depth. Good luck to him, looks like both he and Corbs will be in action midweek.

  3. …. On the Corbs transit point does anyone know how he is managing to leave Argentina on a Weds evening to make it to Aus on Sat?

    1. He tweeted thursday evening saying he was leaving, as that was the next available flight. And it is a 30 hour trip to Brisbane from Argentina (don’t ask me how) – so that’s why he isn’t there yet.

      1. I know you said not to ask… but how does it take longer to get from Argentina to Oz than it does from the UK?! Is he nipping home quickly first?

        1. Haha I should have seen this coming! No idea! His tweet said he was at the airport and would be in Brisbane in 30 hours.

          1. According to an interview on RFU.com, he went from where he is now in Argentina (Sala?) to Buenos Aries by plane, another flight to Santiago, Chile, then a flight to Sydney, then one to Brisbane. With three changes, that could explain the 30 hours.

  4. I hope he recovers soon but does anyone else see the irony that a leg injury takes him out of the tour, when he deliberately tried to break the leg of Dan Cole in The Six Nations and as good as got away with it due to the ‘joke’ of a ban?

    Maybe Karma does exist…….

    1. No one deliberately tries to break someones leg by stamping. If he was trying to break it, rather than getting angry while trying to clear someone out, he would have done it much more covertly. This “trying to break Coles leg” is ridiculous when you actually play rugby.

  5. I’ve read Corbs has to fly from Salta via Buenos Aires, Santiago and Sydney to get to Brisbane.. probably why it’s taking so long.

  6. Is anyone else thinking that Grant being flown out as well would indicate they’re not really expecting much from Jenkins? Going on his past injury problems it wouldn’t be too surprising if he’s the next one to be flown home. A calf strain that’s lasted for more than a week with all the medical, and physio staff they have there is a little worrying.

  7. So what happens tomorrow if Stevens gets injured? Uncontested scrums????!!!!!!!!! We don’t want that do we!

  8. This looks like bad news for Jenks. This is a long standing injury that has flared up a lot in the last few years. If previous 6 nations are anything to go by then he has a pretty poor chance of getting fit.

  9. Bad news for Jenkins but if he doesn’t get fit then I see no reason why Grant couldn’t be our test loosehead as he’s been the most consistent this season out of all our looseheads, im glad to see him called up!

    1. Big low for the lions. A lot now rests on the shoulders of vunipola in my mind.

      Grant and corbs are good players though, so I hope they both get a good crack of the whip.

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