Injury worries for Leinster over Sexton and Heaslip
News that Johnny Sexton left the Aviva Stadium with his arm in a sling will have alarm bells going off at Leinster's UCD base this morning as Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster attempt to manage a quick transition ahead of next week's Champions Cup quarter-final against Wasps.
Jamie Heaslip's hamstring will be assessed early this week after he pulled up in the warm-up of Ireland's win over England, while Sexton was on the end of some bruising late tackles from the English pack that took their toll.
Leinster are due to give an injury update today ahead of Saturday's game against Cardiff Blues and the status of the senior pair will be top of the agenda.
Munster are also awaiting news of Keith Earls' condition after he was forced off with what Joe Schmidt described as "shin bruising" at half-time. Rassie Erasmus will also be hoping for good news on Conor Murray whose own arm issue kept him out of Saturday's game ahead of their Champions Cup last eight clash against Toulouse.
Meanwhile, Sexton's old club Racing 92's proposed merger with Stade Francais has been called off.
The two French powerhouses shocked the rugby world last week when they revealed plans to form a Top 14 Parisian super club. However, Racing chief Jacky Lorenzetti yesterday called a halt, saying: "I have decided to give up this beautiful project."
The planned merger has courted criticism since last Monday's announcement, which stunned players from both clubs.
On Wednesday Stade's squad went on strike and protested alongside fans at the headquarters of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). The fall-out continued on Friday when both clubs' fixtures scheduled for this weekend were postponed.
However, with further talks having initially been scheduled for today, the clubs confirmed the plan was off.