Ulster's Jared Payne out for three months with kidney injury
Jared Payne will be out of action for both Ulster and Ireland for the next three months, the club have confirmed.
The centre suffered a kidney injury in the game against Australia at the weekend.
It had been thought Payne suffered a fractured rib after taking a heavy knock during the 27-24 victory at the Aviva.
He will miss Ulster's pivotal Champions Cup double header against Clermont Auvergne this month.
Payne recently signed a two year deal with Ireland and Ulster to keep him at the Kingspan until 2018.
However, Andrew Trimble looks set to return to action in the coming weeks after suffering a tendon injury.
He limped off the Aviva pitch in the first half of Saturday evening's game.
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