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O'Driscoll to miss 6 Nations with shoulder injury

Updated: November 07, 2011, 14:29

DUBLIN(AP) Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll is set to miss the 2012 Six Nations after being ruled out for up to six months with a shoulder injury.

The 32-year-old O'Driscoll will soon undergo surgery for a trapped nerve in his shoulder, which could deprive Ireland of its talismanic center for the whole of the northern hemisphere competition.

"I need the operation for general life, not just from a rugby point of view,'' said O'Driscoll, who struggled with a shoulder problem throughout the World Cup in New Zealand.

"It had become too uncomfortable over the past eight or so months and has grown progressively worse since the World Cup. I just couldn't go through another full season like this.''

Having rejected all talk of retiring from international rugby in the wake of his third World Cup, O'Driscoll said surgery could even extend his career.

"In a strange way, a little break like this can give you the incentive to go on and play for a longer time than you anticipated,'' he said. "I certainly feel like I have plenty more to offer.''

O'Driscoll won his 117th cap in Ireland's World Cup quarterfinal defeat to Wales last month.

Lock Paul O'Connell will take over as captain for Ireland's first game of the Six Nations, against Wales on Feb. 5.

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