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Saturday, 23 November, 2002, 19:09 GMT
Ledesma angers Irish
Gary Longwell who had to retire with a shoulder injury in the 26th minute
Gary Longwell was taken to hospital
Ireland may cite Argentine hooker Mario Ledesma after an incident which saw lock Gary Longwell taken to hospital with a shoulder injury.

The Ireland management were incensed after Ledesma appeared to slide into Longwell with his knee while the big Ulsterman was lying on ground in the 26th minute.

However, the horrendous swampy conditions at Lansdowne Road on Saturday may have contributed to the situation.


When he collided wtih me, I felt a searing pain
Gary Longwell
Longwell was taken to the nearby St Vincent's hospital, but after X-rays the injury is not as bad as first feared.

Speaking to BBC Sport Online, Longwell claimed that the initial pain was as severe as he had ever felt.

''Thankfully there are no broken bones,'' he said.

''It looked bad at the start, but I'm still hopeful of playing for Ulster next week against Glasgow in the Celtic League.

''When he hit me, I felt a searing pain.

''However, when I was helped back to the changing room, the pain had alleviated somewhat.

''It's painful now, but the damage has been done more to the soft tissue area near the base of the neck.''

Ireland will make a decision on whether to cite after a futher viewing of the match video.

 NOV 23-24 TESTS
 ENGLAND 53-3 SA
 WALES 17-43 NZ
 IRELAND 16-7 ARG
 FRANCE 35-3 CANADA
 ITALY 3-34 AUSTRALIA
 SCOTLAND V FIJI


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