Rob Kearney picked up a bruised bicep during Ireland’s Six Nations tie with Italy in Rome
The injury is reportedly worse than previously anticipated
Jamie Heaslip has signed a new deal with the IRFU
Ireland fullback Rob Kearney could be ruled out of the remainder of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign after suffering an arm injury.
The Leinster full-back damaged his bicep towards the end of Saturday’s 63-10 win over Italy in Rome and the injury could require surgery.
Kearney is set to miss Ireland’s three-day training camp in Monaghan.
“Rob got a bruise on his bicep, just with awkward contact,” Said Joe Schmidt. “A couple of days should see him right.”
However, according to the Irish Independent, the injury is worse than feared, and Kearney will struggle to regain full fitness for any of the remaining games against France, Wales and England.
In more positive news Peter O’Mahony looks to be on track to return to the fold against the French on Saturday week.
Meanwhile, back-rower Jamie Heaslip has agreed a new contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union, which will see him continue to play for Leinster and Ireland until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The 33-year-old number eight, who won the try of the season for 2016, has won 93 caps for Ireland, scoring 13 tries and has started 36 of Ireland’s last 41 Test matches.