There’s just over a month before Ireland kick off their 2017 Six Nations campaign as they travel to Murrayfield to take on Scotland.
Unfortunately, they will be facing Vern Cotter’s side without Ultan Dillane.
Pat Lam has told reporters today that the second row has damaged ankle ligaments and is set to see a specialist as he begins his recovery. The 23-year-old is expected to be out for a six weeks meaning he will miss both the Scotland match and the trip to Italy. The week off between that and France’s visit should allow Dillane sufficient time to return.
Paris-born Dillane will be eager to play a part in the final stage of the tournament with the March 18th game with England already being billed as a potential Grand Slam decider.
The young forward was mightily impressive in the Autumn Series as he collected the man-of-the-match award against Canada and featured prominently in the historic victories over the All Blacks and Australia.
His feint hopes of a spot on the plane to New Zealand with the Lions are dwindling unless he can produce something special in the latter games.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena