Sickly Smal ordered to rest

Gert Smal will play no further part in Ireland’s Six Nations campaign due to a medical condition.

It is believed that the Ireland forwards coach has an existing condition affecting his eye sight which has been exacerbated over the last week. Smal is currently receiving treatment and has been advised by doctors to rest. He won’t be back before the end of the present Six Nations tournament.

Ireland Wolfhounds and Munster forwards coach Anthony Foley will replace Smal in the interim.