Ulster and Ireland international Andrew Trimble will undergo surgery on a finger injury that will rule him out for 10/12 weeks.
After his return to Ulster training this week, investigations into an injury sustained in the recent Ireland v New Zealand match have confirmed that Andrew Trimble will require surgery to repair a fracture dislocation of a finger on his left hand.
Following surgery this morning it is anticipated that he will be out of rugby for 10-12 weeks.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Australia, Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock said: "We need to bring the defensive physicality we had against South Africa, as Australia have threats all over the park. We need to be at the top of our game."
As the countdown continues to Ireland's GUINNESS Series showdown with Australia, number 8 Jamie Heaslip talks about the Georgia game and what it will be like to face an 'old friend' in Michael Cheika this Saturday.
Behind the scenes with the Three Tunnel Cam at the Aviva Stadium for the Ireland v South Africa clash in the 2014 GUINNESS Series. Ireland ran out 29-15 winners with Jonathan Sexton winning the man-of-the-match award.