Garry Ringrose has been ruled out of Ireland's final Six Nations clash with France after breaking his jaw in a collision in the 50-17 bonus point win over Italy on Saturday revealed head coach Andy Farrell.
The 25-year-old centre is a pivotal figure in the Ireland team -- he even stepped in to play scrum-half when Conor Murray was sin-binned early in the match -- and Farrell was distraught for him.
Ringrose was in prime form having captained Leinster to the PRO4 title last month.
"Garry Ringrose broke his jaw and I am gutted for him," said Farrell at his post match press conference.
"He has contributed so much in the past few days he is a big part of the reason why we got what we wanted out of today.
"It is unfortunate as he came back so strong after his thumb injury and I think he will be out for 4-6 weeks."
Ringrose missed Ireland's Six Nations matches with Wales and England earlier this year -- before the tournament was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic -- due to the thumb injury.
Robbie Henshaw came on for Ringrose in the first-half and did his chances of starting in Paris no harm in a match which will see the Irish assure themselves of the title with a bonus point victory.