18 May, 12:24
The news today that Ronan O'Gara's long and distinguished playing time is over, brings to a close what was by any standards, a remarkable career.
Declan Cusack is another who has a shoulder injury keeping him sidelined just now bringing the number of walking wounded to eleven.
Good news however is that Peter O'Mahony (jaw) is expected back in time for the Treviso game, Mike Sherry (ankle) has resumed light training (jogging), Felix Jones (foot) is looking at a return sometime in late January/early February while Troy Smith (knee) and David Wallace (knee) are on schedule for a return in February.
Nothing can be confirmed about a return date for Jerry Flannery (calf) with Doug Howlett (achilles,6-8 months) gone for the season and Darragh Hurley (back injury) looking at up to four months out.