Ireland hit with major injury blow ahead of the Six Nations


Ireland have been hit with a major injury blow ahead of the Six Nations next month with one of their key players set to miss the championship.

Connacht winger Mack Hansen will miss the entire tournament after he picked up a shoulder injury in the URC win over Munster on New Year’s Day that will require surgery.

Hansen is expected to be out of action for three to four months and will be a huge loss for the defending champions.

Connacht released a statement this afternoon confirming the news.

“Mack Hansen (shoulder) will undergo surgery today for a dislocated shoulder and is expected to be unavailable for 3-4 months,” the statement read.

Fellow winger James Lowe is yet to play a game this season for Leinster as he recovers from an injury sustained at the World Cup, while Munster wingers Keith Earls and Andrew Conway have recently retired, leaving an opening or two in the squad.

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale has been tipped for a call-up following his excellent start to the season with Ulster.

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