After training today in UCD, coach Matt O'Connor issued a squad injury update ahead of Friday's Guinness PRO12 game against Connacht in the RDS (Kick Off: 7.35pm - live on TG4 and RTÉ 2FM).
As confirmed by Guy Easterby yesterday, flanker Rhys Ruddock will be out for four to six weeks with a fractured arm. However the good news is that it was a clean break and did not warrant surgical intervention.
Gordon D'Arcy, Richardt Strauss and Dave Kearney once again trained with the squad and are all fit and available for selection. Fergus McFadden is training away as is Ben Te'o but both are a few weeks away from a return to action. Similarly Marty Moore continues to make good progress from his shoulder injury.
Both Sean O'Brien and Cian Healy have taken to the pitch this week and are stepping up their recovery as they seek to return from shoulder and hamstring injuries respectively.