Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Six Nations

Ireland's O'Connell a doubt for Six Nations

Ireland second row Paul O'Connell may miss some or all of the upcoming Six Nations championship after his provincial side Munster said he would undergo surgery on a back injury that has blighted his season.

The former British and Irish Lions captain, who has been dogged by injury in recent years, has only played two games for Munster this season and the back injury also forced him to sit out Ireland's November internationals.

Munster said in a statement that the 33-year-old lock would undergo back surgery at the earliest opportunity but did not give a time frame for how long his recovery would take.

Ulster wing Tommy Bowe, the country's third highest try scorer of all time, was ruled out of the Six Nations earlier this month with a knee injury. Ireland open their campaign in Wales on February 2.


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Gavin Rich
Sweeping away arrogance made good platform
From what was said by the key role-players beforehand and again in the press conference afterwards,...

Brenden Nel
Looking for a few good men
It isn’t difficult to believe that this week’s Springbok coaching indaba in Cape Town will do...

Guest Column
Not losing sight of rugby’s heartbeat
South Africa’s record defeat to New Zealand has cast such a shadow over South African rugby that it...

Tony Johnson
Can South Africa get out this mess?
It was seven years between tests in Durban for the All Blacks. So much has happened in that time.