Scrum-half crisis as Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan face fitness race
Ireland remain embroiled in an injury crisis at scrum-half with both first-choice No 9s, Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan, facing a race to be fit ahead of the opening round of the Six Nations title defence in Rome against Italy in 11 days' time.
Kieran Marmion, who as it stands is presumably the next in line to play at scrum-half, has been cleared to train this week, along with Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw.
Murray will have further scans this week on a neck injury, while Reddan strained medial ligaments in his knee.
There were no definitive updates on Leinster trio Cian Healy, Sean O'Brien and Dave Kearney, while Jamie Heaslip will be rested from contact this week.
Ulster's Kingspan Stadium will host the Pro12 final in May, although the decision has already been criticised by leading players.