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December 12 2017 7:56 AM
Leinster and Ireland could have to make do without Rhys Ruddock for the rest of the season.
The in-form flanker had to be assisted from Sandy Park on Sunday in what looked like a serious setback.
It is understood Ruddock has suffered a Grade-3 hamstring tear which could ruin his entire season.
Certainly, the 27-year-old will play no further part in Leinster's pool phase of the Champions Cup.
It also looks likely that the Six Nations will be out of reach in what would be a huge blow to his province and country.
For Leinster, Josh van der Flier, Jordi Murphy and Dan Leavy are all available to show coach Leo Cullen that they can fill the immedaite void for the return leg with Exeter Chiefs in the Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.