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Ireland suffer massive Six Nations blow

INJURY NEWS: Ireland have suffered a major injury blow with wing Mack Hansen being ruled out of the Six Nations tournament.

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Hansen was due to undergo surgery on Monday after suffering a dislocated shoulder during Connacht’s United Rugby Championship clash against Munster.

The Irish club confirmed the news via their official website, stating: “Mack Hansen [shoulder] will undergo surgery today for a dislocated shoulder.

“He is expected to be unavailable for three to four months.”

Defending Six Nations champions Ireland kick off their campaign against France in Marseille on February 2, with their final game being a Dublin appointment with Scotland six weeks later.

Hansen, 25, has rapidly developed into a key player for Ireland head coach Andy Farrell, scoring nine tries in 21 Tests since making his debut in February 2022.

He will also miss Connacht’s final two Champions Cup pool games against Lyon and Bristol Bears.

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*Additional reporting: PA

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