Irish rugby has been left reeling from the news that Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock could miss the remainder of the season.
According to the __ Irish Independent, the 27-year-old has suffered a grade three hamstring tear – the most severe grading for a hamstring injury.
Ahead of a hugely busy spell in both domestic and international rugby, with the Six Nations and the business end of the Pro14 to come in 2018, this is a cruel blow for both the player personally as well as his club and country.
Ruddock suffered this setback during Leinster’s victory over Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park this past weekend, and it now looks as though he will have no further part to play for the eastern province until well into the new year.
Leinster’s next clash comes this weekend again versus Exeter in the Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium.