Double injury blow for Ireland
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been ruled out of the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations with a knee injury, the Irish Rugby Football Union have confirmed.
O'Connell suffered the damage to his left leg in Sunday's 17-17 draw with France in Paris and although he finished the game, he is expected to be out for up to six weeks.
And in a double blow to Ireland, scrum-half Conor Murray will also miss the remaining two games against Scotland and England with a knee injury.
Murray was stretchered off in the second half of the clash at the Stade de France and is expected to be out for between three to four weeks.
Munster scrum-half Tomas O'Leary and Connacht forward Mike McCarthy have been called up as cover for the injuries.
Losing O'Connell is a significant blow to Ireland, who were already missing Brian O'Driscoll for the entire championship after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Ulster hooker Rory Best is the favourite to succeed O'Connell as skipper with Ireland set to name their team for this weekend's clash with Scotland at Wednesday lunchtime.
"Paul O'Connell underwent a scan on his left knee after twisting it during the game," read an IRFU statement.
"The scan has shown that he has picked up an injury to his medial collateral ligament. The injury will also rule him out of the next two games with an expected three-six week recovery period.
"Conor Murray was replaced in the 59th minute after falling awkwardly on his right knee. A scan has revealed bone bruising in the joint and while there has been no significant damage done to his ligaments, the injury does rule him out of contention for the remaining two games of the championship with a expected three-four week recovery period."