Ireland’s Casualty Ward – The List Of Professional Rugby Players In Ireland Currently Injured


Ireland are currently experiencing one of their worst periods in history for injured players.

The bruising affair with France in the Rugby World Cup has had a knock-on domino effect with a host of names all over the country suffering injuries, with a vast amount of them being serious long term issues.

The Irish Times have put together a interesting list that highlights every single player in Ireland and the injury that is currently keeping them out. It’s quite astonishing to see just how many players are suffering at the moment and it begs the question, is rugby becoming more and more unsafe and does the welfare of players need to be looked at.


Ireland Squad:

Seán O’Brien

Suffered a grade two hamstring tear against France and will definitely miss the rest of Ireland’s games in the Six Nations.

Mike McCarthy

The secondrow suffered concussion against France and following a visit to a specialist, has now been ruled out for the rest of this season.

Dave Kearney

The Leinster winger sustained an AC shoulder injury against France and , according to Joe Schmidt, is “likely to miss the rest of the Six Nations”.

Cian Healy

After recovering from neck, hamstring and ankle injuries, Healy’s right knee required an elective procedure which ruled him out of Ireland’s opening two games against Wales and France. Returned for Leinster last Friday.

Marty Moore

Suffered a torn hamstring in the defeat to Wasps in January which will sideline him for six to eight weeks in total.

Luke Fitzgerald

Suffered a medial knee ligament injury in the Irish squad’s open session at the Aviva nine days before the tournament opener, sidelining him for up to eight weeks.

Mike Ross

Sustained a knee injury against Toulon in December which sidelined him for seven weeks until returning last week against Zebre, thus also ruling him out of the Wales and France matches.

Jared Payne

Suffered a grade one hamstring injury against France and is in doubt for Twickenham.

Iain Henderson

Tore hamstring in Ulster’s home win over Edinburgh in early December, sidelining for the rest of the season or, at best, a return in March/April.

Tommy Bowe

Suffered cruciate knee ligament injury in World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina. May return for Ulster before end of the season.

Peter O’Mahony

Suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in the World Cup win over France and is targeting a return in April or May.

Keith Earls

Suffered concussion against Wales, ruling him out of the French game, but should be fit for Twickenham clash.

Simon Zebo

Suffered a knee injury against Wales, ruling him out of the French game, but should be fit for Twickenham.

The Provinces:


Peter Nelson

Dislocated his left midfoot in the Pro12 defeat of Edinburgh last December, which effectively ended his season.

Luke Marshall

Luke Marshall has suffered his fifth concussion since March 2013, the 24-year-old centre picked up the latest in training last week.

Dan Tuohy

Sidelined since early December when fracturing his right ankle and suffering ligament damage against Edinburgh.


Hayden Triggs

Recently returned after a two months’ absence since injuring his ankle against Bath in November, subsequently requiring surgery.

Jack Conan

The backrow returns to Leinster action away to Cardiff on Saturday after suffering a broken foot last November.

Ed Byrne

Ruptured his patellar tendon in the first of Leinster’s pre-season friendlies, requiring an operation, and hasn’t played since. This was unconnected with the ACL injury to the same knee which kept him out for the second half of last season.

Royce Burke Flynn

The prop is currently out for four months after undergoing an operation on his neck last month.

Isaac Boss

Should be back in contention next week from a calf injury.


Ben Marshall

Just recovered from a fractured arm sustained in December.

Jack Carty

Underwent splenectomy in Dubai last week. Sidelined indefinitely.

Shane Delahunt


Andrew Browne


Quinn Roux


Nepia Fox-Matamua


John Cooney


Dave McSharry


Rory Parata


Darragh Leader



BJ Botha

Sustained an ACL injury during the Stade Francais game in January. Expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Tyler Bleyendaal A quadriceps tendon setback has ruled out him for 12 weeks from the middle of last month. Will be rehabilitating his leg injury until April.

Duncan Casey

Sustained a pectoral muscle injury while playing in the Champions Cup defeat of Benetton Treviso in November and will continue rehabbing until March.

Stephen Archer

Sustained a neck injury in the Pro12 victory over Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park in September. Has advanced to modified training and will continue to be monitored for next few weeks

Dave O’Callaghan

Sustained a rib injury during training in February. Is being reviewed and managed on an ongoing basis.

Read the Irish Times article in full here

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