LONDON, 10 Oct - Ireland centre Jared Payne has been ruled out of the rest of Rugby World Cup 2015 after an x-ray revealed he has a fractured foot.

Payne (pictured) was initially thought to have only a bruised foot and he was reportedly close to being selected for Sunday's crunch clash with France at the Millennium Stadium.

But a statement released by the Ireland camp on Saturday said: "Following training on Wednesday, due to continued discomfort, Jared had further scans which revealed a foot fracture. 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 match.

RNS sw