Munster's Tommy O'Donnell sidelined with shoulder injury

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Munster's Tommy O'Donnell sidelined with shoulder injury

Munster back-row Tommy O'Donnell in action against Ulster

MUNSTER back-rower Tommy O’Donnell is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder in Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park.

O’Donnell was removed from the pitch at half-time with a left shoulder injury. He has been assessed by the Munster Rugby medical department and awaits specialist review for further management.

The Munster squad returned to training at the High Performance Centre at UL today, Monday, ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Dragons at Rodney Parade, 3pm.

On the international front, nine Munster players have travelled to Portugal with the Ireland side – Dave Kilcoyne, Peter O’Mahony, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell and Conor Murray.

The IRFU revealed on Monday morning that, following a scan, versatile forward Tadhg Beirne has been ruled out of the opening two rounds of Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations campaign.

Andrew Conway picked up a knock during Munster’s Round 6 Heineken Champions Cup win over Exeter Chiefs. Conway is unable to train this week but will be fully fit to train next week.

Six Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players are preparing for the Ireland U20 6 Nations Championship.

Craig Casey (vice-captain), Sean French, Ben Healy, James McCarthy, Jonathan Wren and Josh Wycherley have been named in the squad.

Both U20s 6 Nations home games take place at Musgrave Park in Cork.

Sixteen senior and Academy players were in All Ireland League action at the weekend.