19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
It was hoped that O'Connell, who has not played since the Rugby World Cup, would line out for Munster in the Heineken Cup following a successful appearence for his club, Young Munster, in the AIB League. O'Connell was named in the extended Munster squad but the setback occurred late in the week and he was ruled out.
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan will name his initial squad for the RBS 6 Nations championship on Tuesday next week but it is now unlikley that Paul O'Connell will feature in the early stages of the tournament.