Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan has been ruled out for three months after suffering a broken leg in Ireland’s 13-13 RBS 6 Nations draw with France on Saturday evening…

The substitute scrum-half fell awkwardly beneath a tackle in the final minute of a compelling match at the Aviva Stadium and was administered oxygen before being carried off.

A full medical update is expected over the next 24 hours, Ireland’s injury-depleted ranks were swelled even further by a number of other casualties with lock Donnacha Ryan damaging his shoulder and centre Luke Marshall sustaining concussion.

Both are doubts to face Italy next Saturday, while flanker Peter O’Mahony, scrum-half Conor Murray and Leinster duo Brian O’Driscoll and Fergus McFadden also picked up a variety of knocks.