Iain Henderson has suffered a finger injury that will dent Ireland's resources at lock for the start of their Six Nations defence.
Munster lock Tadhg Beirne has been ruled out of Ireland’s opening two games in the Six Nations due to a knee injury.
Eddie Jones has claimed Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton receives preferential treatment from match officials.
Ireland have called up Connacht's uncapped trio Jack Carty, Caolin Blade and Tom Farrell for their opening two games of the Six Nations.
Wasps boss Dai Young has played down injury concerns surrounding England forwards Joe Launchbury and Brad Shields.
Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has been voted the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year for 2018.
Ireland captain Rory Best has backed World Rugby Player of the Year Johnny Sexton to keep scaling new heights.
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