With the 2018 Six Nations missing some massive names prior to the tournament kick off, the first two rounds of fixtures have proved to be particularly bruising.
Heading into the 2018 Six Nations, fans marvelled at the number of huge names that were set to miss the tournament through injury.
Before the opening fixture, The Times compiled a XV of injured Six Nations stars that would have rivalled any competing side for the Championship.
However, with two rounds of play now jotted down in the record books, the injury list has gotten far worse with one Reddit user listing multiple options across the pitch in an updated absent XV.
Although Donnacha Ryan is missing due to Ireland’s selection rules and the fact that he is currently plying his trade in the Top 14, the vast majority of unavailability arises due to injury and, given the talent of the squad above, it’s safe to say that this year’s tournament has been seriously hit by a spell of freakish misfortune.