10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Murphy landed awkwardly after being tackled by Mike Blair midway through the first half at Murrayfield. He was carried from the field with his left leg heavily strapped. He was then brought to hospital in Edinburgh where they confirmed he had suffered a compund fracture to his left tibea. The staff at the hospital will now begin the long process of correcting Murphy's injury.
Murphy will not figure in Eddie O'Sullivan's plans when he announces his world cup squad on Sunday Sept. 7th. Best case scenario will see Murphy back playing for the Six Nations in the New Year.
It is the second blow for Ireland after it was also confirmed that centre Rob Henderson has a ruptured bicep which he picked in the Munster v Leinster Celtic League opener on Friday night. Henderson will also miss the world cup but should return to action for the Heineken Cup with Munster.