Ireland winger Andrew Trimble will miss the last two matches in the Six Nations after breaking a bone in his hand.
The 32-year-old suffered the injury during Ulster’s Pro12 win over Treviso in Belfast on Friday evening.
Trimble did the post match interview with print media after the 19-7 win and there was no indication he had suffered an injury, the winger stating that he was looking forward to being involved in someway with Ireland in the last two Six Nations games.
It rules him out of the 10 March match against Wales in Cardiff and the final game at home to England eight days later.
Trimble said he aimed to be back to help Ulster in their attempt to win a place in the Guinness PRO12 play-offs.
Ireland are second in the Six Nations table, three points behind leaders England.