5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland Under-19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday week (December 14) has been announced.
Meanwhile, hooker Damien Varley suffered an ankle sprain during the interprovincial derby but should be in consideration for the final if Munster overcome the Ospreys.
O'Connell is not ruled out of Ireland's summer tour to New Zealand at this point and his progress during his rehabilitation will be monitored to ascertain his fitness before the tour begins next month.
Ronan O'Gara, who has been out of action since sustaining a leg injury in the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster, is expected to train tomorrow (Wednesday) and could be named in the squad to face the Ospreys.