Tommy Bowe facing up to nine months out
Tommy Bowe is the latest long-term injury victim of Ireland's ill-fated World Cup campaign and looks set to miss the Six Nations.
The Ulster wing looks set for a long stretch on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage in the 43-20 defeat to Argentina last Sunday and he faces surgery and a long recovery period before he can play again.
He'll join Peter O'Mahony on the sidelines for Ireland's defence of their title, while Jared Payne is also out for a considerable period of time with a broken bone in his foot also sustained during the World Cup.
Elsewhere, Bath and England star Jonathan Joseph will miss next month's Champions Cup clash against Leinster after he was ruled out for approximately three months with the chest injury sustained during the World Cup.
The club confirmed that the 24-year-old underwent surgery earlier this week to repair the damage sustained to his pectoral muscle and he is now a doubt for the start of the Six Nations.
The injury ruled Joseph out of the 28-25 defeat by Wales four weeks ago but he returned against Australia a week later before appearing as a replacement against Uruguay. Joseph faced a race against time to recover for the decisive match against Australia and was passed fit only to see England crash out.
England open their 2016 Six Nations against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6 with Joseph's involvement now in doubt.