After Ireland’s facile victory over Italy on Saturday, there was a dampener on proceedings from an Irish point of view as Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Furlong came off injured.
A shoulder injury means that Henshaw’s Six Nations campaign is over, as announced by the IRFU this afternoon. This means that Joe Schmidt needs to rethink his midfield strategy, with the possibility now that Chris Farrell will come in at 13 and Bundee Aki filling the 12 shirt.
However, there is some better news, as Tadhg Furlong is expected to make a recovery in time for the Wales game. The Wexford native is regarded as perhaps the best tighthead in world rugby right now, and although Andrew Porter and John Ryan are capable operators, neither are at the Lion’s level.
Furlong’s scan revealed a minor hamstring injury, but it’s not thought to be serious and he is expected to be back in action soon.
Meanwhile, Jack Conan took a bang on the shoulder but is expected to be available for selection in the next round, although CJ Stander’s likely return means that the Leinster man may not feature regardless.