Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier has been ruled out of the remainder of the season with a serious knee ligament injury.
The flanker hobbled off before half time at the Stade de France and the worst fears were confirmed today – his season is over due to a “serious knee ligament injury”.
Dan Leavy replaced his provincial team-mate in Paris and is in pole position to start against Italy this weekend.
Dave Kilcoyne has re-joined the squad while Jack O’Donoghue and Barry Daly will train with the group during the early part of this week.
Andrew Conway will continue his rehab at Munster this week while James Cronin has returned to Limerick in order to garner some game minutes with Munster in the Guinness Pro14 at the weekend.