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O'Driscoll Ruled Out of Six Nations

Irish skipper to miss six months after surgery

Posted Nov 09, 2011 by Chris White

Ireland will miss their skipper for the Six Nations campaign

Ireland are coming to terms with the news that influential skipper Brian O’Driscoll will be ruled out of the 2012 Six Nations after having surgery on a troublesome shoulder problem. The 32-year old will be out for up to six months after going under the knife this week.

The Leinster centre has struggled with the trapped nerve issue that has affected not just his rugby career, but everyday life, but he feels that the time has come to bring an end to the problem that has gotten “progressively worse.”

He told the BBC “I need the operation for general life. I see myself coming back from this and playing for at least another season, I just couldn’t go through another year of rugby like this. I’ve felt it during collisions, whether I’ve been in control or not, and I’ve been going down or off because my arm simply doesn’t work, which isn’t much good for the team.

“I got some opinions on it and all the surgeons were telling me the same thing, which gave me the confidence to give the operation the go ahead.”

O’Driscoll earned the first of his 117 Ireland caps back in 1999 and hasn’t played since the World Cup exit. The news is a major blow for the country, with O’Driscoll holding the try scoring record, as well as the Six Nations record when he scored his 25th try in the competition this year.

The injury also comes as a blow to Leinster, as O’Driscoll will miss the entire Pool phase of the Heineken Cup, which starts this weekend with a difficult trip to Montpellier.

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