12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Ireland teams of all grades face a busy schedule in the coming months.
Alongside the RBS 6 Nations and the summer tour to New Zealand and Australia there are a series of demanding fixtures and competitions for the Ireland A, Ireland Women, Ireland Under 21, Under 19, Under 18 and School teams.
Ireland A will take part in the Churchill Cup in North America in June while our Under 21s play Italy, France, Scotland and Wales in February and March. The Ireland Women's team will play two matches in Donnybrook as part of the Women's 6 Nations.
The Under 19s will take part in the IRB U19 RWC in Dubai in April. They will face England, France and Samoa in their group.
A representative team will take part in an U18s School tournament in Gloucester in April while our Under 18s will be involved in the FIRA - AER U18 Tournament in Italy in the same month.
The Full list of fixtures is available in the fixtures section of the website.
Photo ) Inpho / Lorraine O'Sullivan