Michelle Claffey will miss the remainder of Ireland’s Women’s Six Nations matches over the next two weeks after picking up an ankle injury in the defeat to Italy on 23 February.

Claffey played the full 160 minutes over the opening two rounds but was forced from the field just before half-time in the Round 3 match.

“Claffey, unfortunately, needs surgery on her ankle. That was a bad enough injury,” confirmed Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs, speaking to the media yesterday.

Forming a formidable midfield partnership with Leinster Rugby teammate Sene Naoupu, Claffey made 28 carries for 186 metres in 197 minutes of rugby for Ireland in this year’s Women’s Six Nations, also making the joint-highest number of dominant tackles in the squad with four.

Michelle Claffey – 2019 Women’s Six Nations – Key Stats

Games – 3
Minutes played – 197
Carries – 28
Metres made – 197
Line breaks – 2
Tackle breaks – 2
Passes – 16
Tackles made – 30
Dominant tackles – 4