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Thursday 29 September 2016

Hooker Sean Cronin plays World Cup catch-up

Sean Cronin
Sean Cronin

Leinster's Sean Cronin has had surgery to repair a tendon in his shoulder.

The immediate repercussion is that the Limerick man will miss out on the rest of the season, essentially the last two rounds of The PRO12 League at home to Benetton Treviso and away to Edinburgh.

The bigger picture takes in an estimated 12-week period of rehabilitation ahead of the World Cup.

The hooker will join fellow international front rower Martin Moore (shoulder) in a race against the clock.

The three-month window means Cronin and tight-head Moore will probably miss out on the first month of pre-season as the Ireland extended squad will start out on July 1st.

Cronin has been in remarkably consistent form this season, despite Leinster's all-round mediocrity.

At last, the 28 year-old was able to move ahead of the injury plagued Richardt Strauss to become Leinster's first choice in the position.

It took the highest standards from Rory Best for club and country to keep Cronin out of Ireland's number two shirt.

He was limited to the role of an impact replacement in the Six Nations where his explosiveness lifted the tempo.

The regularity with which Strauss has been hit with blows to the head could cause Academy hooker Bryan Byrne and/or Aaron Dundon to be handed more game time.

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