Garry Ringrose is widely heralded as the next big hope for Irish rugby. He's one of Leinster's star players, has a handful of Ireland caps (with four tries) and scored possibly the try of last season against Clermont. Oh, and he's well able to kick a conversion too, as he proved against Japan.
But it seems that the centre will be sidelined for a while. He posted the following picture to his Instagram of him on holiday in Mikonos - with his right arm in a sling:
Warren Gatland dropped a few hints as to what was wrong with Ringrose when asked about cover for his Lions squad. Leinster are yet to clarify the extent of the shoulder problem. RTE's Darren Frehill is reporting that Ringrose could be kept out until Christmas time.
Hearing Garry Ringrose sidelined with shoulder injury until Christmas. Interesting pic on his Instagram. Hurt it before summer tour! pic.twitter.com/ckOa4fvgif
— Darren Frehill (@Darrenfrehill) July 10, 2017
If Frehill's report is accurate and Ringrose did indeed hurt it before the summer tour, it may not have been the wisest to play two games against Japan with a shoulder injury. Regardless, it's a major blow for Leinster, who will have at least three Champions Cup Pool 4 games played at that time. Leo Cullen's side are in with Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier and Exter Chiefs.