Boss on course for Six Nations opener

Ulster scrum-half Isaac Boss is expected to be fit for the beginning of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations campaign after undergoing an examination on his injured shoulder on Monday. [more]

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Ulster scrum-half Isaac Boss is expected to be fit for the beginning of Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations campaign after undergoing an examination on his injured shoulder on Monday.

Boss had been a doubt for Ireland’s game against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on February 4 when he injured his right shoulder during the early stages of Ulster’s league win over Glasgow on Saturday.

Ulster confirmed the New Zealand-born player is suffering from "severe trauma to the AC joint in his right shoulder with extensive soft tissue damage and bruising."

While the club were reluctant to pinpoint a comeback date it is thought Boss will be fit by the beginning of February.

Ireland will announce an extended squad for the Six Nations championship next week.

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Peter Stringer is set remain first-choice scrum-half but should Boss fail to recover in time Ireland would have a tricky decision to choose a new understudy.

Kieran Campbell, Guy Easterby and Eoin Reddan are all previously capped at scrum-half and will look to impress in the run up to the Six Nations.

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