Ireland’s chances of winning the Six Nations took a huge blow today with the news that the Ireland backrow Sean O'Brien is now likely to miss the entire tournament with a dislocated shoulder.
His injury cast a shadow over Leinster’s win over Ulster at the weekend and now the worst fears have been confirmed by Leinster Assistant coach Jono Gibbes who has said the player will be out for at least 6-8 weeks and will undergo surgery on the shoulder.
It was initially thought the Lions man would miss the opening games with Scotland and Wales, but he is now unlikely to feature at all and could be out for up to three months. The injury could also be significant with contract negotiations with the IRFU still ongoing.
O’Brien will now be in a race to play his part in Leinster’s final months of the campaign.