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Ireland coach Graham Ford leaves South Africa tour with broken bones


Ireland’s head coach Graham Ford has been forced to return home from South Africa tour after suffering severe injury. He went through fractured vertebra and three ribs after reportedly slipped at his home in Dublin.

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Ford who opted to tour South Africa with a second-string Wolves side through eight white-ball games, injured himself prior to the departure.

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The x-ray revealed the great extent of damage to the 59-year-old. National talent pathway manager Albert van der Merwe will replace him in the squad during Ireland national team’s T20I series against Afghanistan in India next month.

Ireland’s five match T20I series against Namibia will begin on February 18 before clashing in 50-over contest against the same opponents.

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