4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
It is anticipated that the Belfast man will need to undergo a period of rehabilitation lasting between six and nine months.
On a more positive note, Ulster lock Matt McCullough returned to pitch-work this week with the province's conditioning staff following foot surgery earlier this summer. Ireland international McCullough will be re-introduced to rugby in the next few weeks with a view to being available for the start of the new season next month.