Ulster rocked by host of injuries
April 8, 2014
Rory Best is out for six to eight weeks © PA Photos
Ulster have been rocked by a host of injuries in the wake of their Heineken Cup quarter-final loss to Saracens.
While Ulster are out of the Heineken Cup, they are still competing for the RaboDirect PRO12 title lying in third with four games left. But it seems they will have to manage their season run-in without a host of their front-line players.
Hooker Rory Best picked up a "significant ankle sprain", according to the province, and will be out for between six and eight weeks. Scrum-half Ruan Pienaar suffered a recurrence of his shoulder injury and will be out for at latest six weeks.
Andrew Trimble was concussed and will follow the return to play protocols while Dan Tuohy has a fractured hand, he needs surgery and is not expected back until May.
Tight-head John Afoa has a disc injury in his back and will miss their game against Connacht while back-row Roger Wilson has a fractured thumb and will be out until May.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Lewis Hamilton says he limited the celebrations of his second world championship to a few sips of cognac - which he did not like the taste of - and watermelon juice
Australia wing Adam Ashley-Cooper believes Saturday's clash with England at Twickenham will act as a World Cup warm-up and that a positive result is crucial in the Wallabies' final game of the year.
Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has cast doubt over the influence manager Arsene Wenger has at the club and hinted the Frenchman's maturing age may be a factor in his struggle to put together a creditable title challenge
Former Tottenham and England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has revealed that Arsenal paid £50,000 towards his medical care
Wales will delay the announcement of their team to face South Africa at the Millennium Stadium until Thursday due to a number of injury doubts.
Sport is not always about margins, writes Alan Tyers, as Manchester United and Lewis Hamilton proved this weekend - you sometimes just need a bit of luck
After Lewis Hamilton ended his wait for a second world title ESPN rounds up the main talking points from the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Who did Scotland's director of rugby Scott Johnson play for?
Liverpool are on a run of four-straight defeats in all competitions - and a fifth at minnows Ludogorets on Wednesday will all but end their Champions League return at the very first hurdle
In the wake of another perfect November series, Monday Maul talks to NZRU CEO Steve Tew about the constant demand for perfection
Tony Bellew got his revenge on Nathan Cleverly as he earned a split decision victory in their rematch at Liverpool's Echo Arena on Saturday
Jose Mourinho has apologised to Chelsea fans for his recent criticism of the Stamford Bridge atmosphere
Australia's batsmen played a handful of poor strokes, but they were far less frequent and consequently less terminal than those offered up by Sri Lanka's on day one
Brendan Rodgers has responded to talk of Premier League title pressure on his Liverpool side by declaring: "I've never slept better."
George Groves successfully defended his WBC silver super-middleweight title and mandatory position for the world title with a seventh round stoppage of Denis Douglin
Going in to the Abu Dhabi GP, Lewis Hamilton is 17 points ahead in the drivers' championship. What's the biggest deficit overhauled at the end of a season to win the title?
James DeGale tells ESPN he believes a rematch with George Groves is now more realistic than him fighting world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch
Which New Zealander has appeared in most first-class rugby matches?
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
Brendan Rodgers has changed his tune slightly when it comes to Daniel Sturridge's injuries, with the striker's mishaps having progressed from "preventable" to "innocuous".