ESPN SCRUM

/ British & Irish Lions Tour 2013

/ News

British & Irish Lions
Lions rocked by Jenkins blow
Tom Hamilton in Brisbane
June 8, 2013
Wales' Gethin Jenkins watches on, Wales v Australia, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, December 1, 2012
Gethin Jenkins' British & Irish Lions tour is over © PA Photos
Enlarge

The British & Irish Lions have suffered their second setback in 24 hours with the news loose-head Gethin Jenkins is returning home with a calf injury.

Ireland loose-head Cian Healy was ruled out of the tour on Friday after sustaining ligament damage to his ankle and a day later, the Lions have lost a second loose-head with Jenkins suffering with a calf strain. The diagnosis of Jenkins' injury will come as a massive blow both to the prop and to the Lions as he never had an opportunity to pull on the red jersey in what would have been his third tour.

Lions doctor James Robson commented on Jenkins' injury, saying: "The expected time for recovery is at least three weeks and given the remaining duration of the tour we felt that Gethin should return home and continue his rehabilitation there."

The news means the tourists have just one loose-head left in their ranks from the original squad selection - Saracens' Mako Vunipola.

He starts against the Reds on Saturday and they have acted quickly to bolster their front-row resources with Scotland's Ryan Grant flying in from South Africa and England's Alex Corbisiero arriving from Argentina.

Gethin Jenkins is heading home
%]

Corbisiero has barely played any rugby this season, as he has suffered his own injury demons, but after an eventful flight from Argentina - which saw him fly from Salta in Argentina to Buenos Aires, Santiago in Chile, Auckland, Sydney and finally Brisbane - he is raring to go and could be thrown into the mix in Tuesday's game against the Combined Country side in Newcastle.

"It was a long journey but I'm not complaining - I would do it again just to be here," Corbisiero said. "You never like to come in for anyone who is injured and I feel for Cian and Gethin but I just feel so privileged to be given this opportunity. It's been a bit of a whirlwind afternoon meeting everyone and I'm looking forward to going to the game tonight and then getting down to training. I also want to wish England all the best against Argentina today."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Tom Hamilton is the Assistant Editor of ESPNscrum.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Chiefs v Cheetahs

  • Rugby

    Reds can still make rugby finals: Graham

    After another disastrous night out, the Reds fell to a one-point loss to the Lions, but Reds coach Richard Graham still believes the Reds have a chance to make the finals

  • Football

    Injured duo Welbeck and Sterling to miss Italy friendly

    England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will miss Tuesday's international friendly against Italy with injury, while Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will also be excused from the game in Turin

  • Tennis

    Murray cruises into Miami Open third round

    Andy Murray made a solid start in his quest for a third Miami Open title as he dispatched Donald Young to reach the third round in Florida

  • Football

    Harry Kane revels in dream England debut

    Harry Kane declared his debut international goal as the greatest moment of his career as he scored just 80 seconds after coming off the bench during England's 4-0 victory against Lithuania

  • Formula One

    Tough at the top

    Who has driven in the most GPs before taking pole position?

  • Formula 1

    F1 cost cutting: Not putting money where the mouth is

    Mudslinging and an agreement on something that will never happen, it's all in a day's work for a Formula One boss, as Maurice Hamilton explains...

  • Rugby

    Unsavoury sledging did not end with Potgieter

    Fallout continues from the NSW-Brumbies derby, with one Tahs forward - not Potgieter - surprised by other unsavoury comments during the game, Greg Growden reports

  • Rugby

    Super Rugby preview, team news, line-ups: Round 7

    Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 7. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks

  • Formula 1

    Storm clouds gather in Malaysia

    Will Mercedes dominate again? Can anybody catch up with the help of a rainstorm? And will the Red Bull/Renault relationship tear itself apart? All those questions and more will be answered at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix

  • News
  • Features

Sponsored Links

Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income