Ireland second row
Paul O'Connell may miss some or all of the upcoming Six
Nations championship after his provincial side Munster said
he would undergo surgery on a back injury that has blighted
The former British and Irish Lions captain, who has been
dogged by injury in recent years, has only played two games
for Munster this season and the back injury also forced him
to sit out Ireland's November internationals.
Munster said in a statement that the 33-year-old lock would
undergo back surgery at the earliest opportunity but did not
give a time frame for how long his recovery would take.
Ulster wing Tommy Bowe, the country's third highest try
scorer of all time, was ruled out of the Six Nations earlier
this month with a knee injury. Ireland open their campaign in
Wales on February 2.