Following the highs of a Grand Slam triumph in Twickenham last week, Irish rugby focuses back to the provinces, as Leinster, Munster and Connacht gear towards European action next weekend.
Munster face Toulon in Limerick on Saturday, as they aim to go further than last year’s semi-final loss. In their way stand the three-time European champions who will fancy their chances ahead of the daunting trip to Thomond Park.
Johann Van Graan’s side have reason for confidence, and the return of the Six Nations-winning contingent will certainly add a feel-good factor in the camp. However, one player who won’t be returning immediately is Keith Earls. The Moyross native sustained an injury during the win over England last week, and has been ruled out of the Toulon clash.
The province confirmed the news today.
“It has been confirmed that the winger, who sustained knee ligament damage in Twickenham last Saturday, will not be available for approximately six weeks, ruling him out of the Champions Cup quarter final against Toulon on March 31.”
Earls will be hoping that his teammates can do the business in his absence, as he focuses on his recovery in the coming weeks.