Van der Flier’s Six Nations over as he is ruled out for eight weeks

Coach Stuart Lancaster is ready to sign two-year contract extension with Leinster

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier leaves the field with an injury against Edinburgh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier leaves the field with an injury against Edinburgh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The omens didn’t look good when Ireland and Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier left the field against Edinburgh on Friday. That gloomy prognosis was confirmed on Monday by Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster, who said the 23-year-old could be out of rugby for up to eight weeks.

His grade-three AC shoulder joint injury will continue to be assessed over the coming days but the Irish flanker could miss the entire Six Nations Championship as well as the European Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Wasps on April 1st.

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