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Injury blows cause Leinster’s off-season concern

INJURIES to two key players was not the news that Ireland and Leinster Rugby wanted to hear this week. With Sean O’Brien going off with a shoulder injury last Saturday late in the third test against New Zealand and today’s information on centre Garry Ringrose (pictured), both Joe Schmidt and Leo Cullen will be keeping their fingers crossed.
Ringrose, who has close family connections with Limerick’s Clare Street area and is related to well-known Old Crescent man Ger McNamara, could be out for 4-5 months, depending on his rehabilitation.
Ringrose started in all three of Ireland’s summer tour fixtures against USA and Japan, scoring two tries and kicking one conversion.
The player started 17 games for Leinster (nine Guinness PRO12, eight Champions Cup), scoring seven tries (four PRO12, three Champions Cup).
Sean O’Brien did not appear to be in much discomfort at the end of the game in Eden Park but he has had a bad shoulder injury in recent seasons and was out for a period.
There is also concern about Jonathan Sexton who took a fair battering last Saturday and had a HIA which proved negative during the game.

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