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Mon 5 Feb 2018 | 01:11

Ireland star out for the season

Irish Rugby TV: Ireland Post Match Conference
Mon 5 Feb 2018 | 01:11

Ireland star out for the season

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Van der Flier was hurt late in the first half of Saturday's match at the Stade de France, with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt subsequently stating he feared a long-term lay-off was likely for the flank.

On Monday, an IRFU statement confirmed the 24-year-old had been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

The news comes as a blow to Ireland and Van der Flier's club Leinster, who are bidding for glory on two fronts domestically in the Pro14 and European Champions Cup.

Leinster face a Champions Cup quarterfinal with reigning champions Saracens on April 1, but will now have to make do without one of their star performers.

Ireland snatched victory in Paris courtesy of a last-gasp drop goal from Jonathan Sexton and will be expected to make it two wins out of two in the Six Nations when they welcome Italy to Dublin on Saturday.

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