ROBBIE HENSHAW has been ruled out of Ireland’s tour to Argentina with a hand injury,
The ligament damage was first sustained earlier in the season.
He was able to play through it until sadly it worsened last week at Ireland’s two-day training camp.
Specialist medical advice has recommended that surgery is the best way forward for Henshaw.
This is a big setback for coach Joe Schmidt in his aim to develop two test-ready players for the outside centre.
Henshaw was about to have first shot at making Brian O’Driscoll’s number thirteen jersey his own with Jared Payne on the verge of becoming Ireland-eligible next season.
Ireland are left with one natural thirteen - Darren Cave - in the squad with a replacement for Henshaw to be announced shortly.