Ireland loses its lock

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Iain Henderson, the Ulster captain, will miss the rest of the team’s Champions Cup series due to an operation on an injured toe.

The Irish lock will also not tour with Ireland to South Africa for the series of two tests against the Springboks due to his injury in July. According to the Ireland Rugby Union, Henderson will be out of action for three months.

Henderson (32) was on Ireland’s substitutes’ bench in the team’s 13-8 victory over the Boks in a World Cup group match last year in France.

He started the subsequent matches against Scotland and New Zealand, scoring his sixth international try in the process.

Henderson made two appearances as a substitute during the recent Six Nations Championship and at the end received his fifth winner’s medal since 2014.

With 81 tests behind the plate, the experienced Henderson’s injury is a huge setback for the Irish.

Springbok tests against Ireland

  • Saturday 6 July: SA vs. Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
  • Saturday 13 July: SA vs. Ireland (Kingspark, Durban).