Ireland centre Payne out of World Cup

Ireland centre Jared Payne was on Saturday ruled out of the World Cup with a foot fracture.

The 29-year-old New Zealand-born back had been suffering from nagging foot pains and was not selected for Ireland’s Pool D decider against France at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

“Following training on Wednesday, due to continued discomfort, Jared had further scans which revealed a foot fracture,” the Irish Rugby Union said in a statement.

“He will be returning to Ireland for specialist opinion and will take no further part in the tournament.

“No decision on a replacement will be made until after Sunday’s fixture at the Millennium Stadium.”

Payne is a huge loss to the Irish as he had formed an effective partnership with Robbie Henshaw — replacing the legendary duet of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy — which had seen them play a leading role in Ireland retaining the Six Nations title this year.

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