Tommy Bowe ruled out of Six Nations while Iain Henderson and Jared Payne facing time on sidelines
Ulster will be without Tommy Bowe, Iain Henderson and, most likely, Jared Payne for their European Rugby Champions Cup opener away to Oyonnax due to injuries the trio picked up while on World Cup duty with Ireland.
The province have reported that Bowe is set to be out for up to six months having undergone surgery to repair posterior cruciate ligament and meniscal injuries he sustained in the first-half of Ireland’s quarter final loss to Argentina.
In addition, Henderson, who enjoyed an incredible breakout tournament, will have surgery today to stabilise a joint in his hand, an issue which also occurred in the defeat to Los Pumas. Though, he is expected to return to action within six weeks
Meanwhile, Jared Payne’s foot injury which prevented him from lining out in Ireland’s final three games has also been stabilised with surgery. However, his progress is yet to be reviewed and Ulster have no estimate as to when he night play next.
Ulster will face Oyonnax on Saturday, November 14 in Pool 1, which also features Toulouse and Saracens. They will meet Munster in the Guinness Pro 12 on Friday for the first local derby of the season.