Ulster’s injury lists grows after Saracens defeat

Rory Best, Ruan Pienaar and Dan Tuohy all out for a number of weeks after Heineken Cup exit

Rory Best is facing six to eight weeks out. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Rory Best is facing six to eight weeks out. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho


Ulster’s defeat to Saracens in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Ravenhill looked even costlier today when the province released a lengthy casualty list that threatens to scupper their ambitions in the RaboDirect Pro12 League.

Ireland hooker Rory Best suffered a sprained ankle and had to be replaced early on in the game by Rob Herring. He will be out for between six and eight weeks, which at this point would make him doubtful to play again this season or make Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina.

Dan Tuohy fractured his hand and will have surgery this week. His return date is sometime in May, a timeframe also given for backrow Roger Wilson, who sustained a fractured a thumb.

Scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar was diagnosed with a recurrence of his shoulder AC joint problem and will be sidelined for six weeks.

Tighthead prop John Afoa tweaked a disc in his back and will miss this Friday night’s game against Connacht in Belfast, while Ireland wing Andrew Trimble suffered a concussion and will now follow the normal return to play protocols.

Fullback Jared Payne, who received a red card from referee Jerome Garces following his collision with the airborne Saracens fullback Andy Goode, will be called to attend an independent disciplinary hearing at ERC’s behest in Dublin on Wednesday.

Munster’s victory coupled with the quarter-final defeats suffered by Ulster and Leinster means the IRFU will receive meritocracy payments from ERC of €1.8 million, a figure that will increase should Penney’s charges make the Heineken Cup final.

Defeats for Leinster and Ulster denied IRFU around a further €1.2 million.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.