Dublin - Ireland
head coach Joe Schmidt faces a taxing selection problem with the news
young centre Garry Ringrose will miss November's three Tests in Dublin
because of a shoulder injury.
The 22-year-old - whose centre partner Jared Payne is yet to play
after suffering headaches on the British & Irish Lions tour of New
Zealand - underwent surgery in July after the tour of the United States
However, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said Ringrose - scorer of
four tries in his 11 Tests since making his debut in November last year - had not recovered as quickly as they had hoped.
"Garry is still a bit off so he is probably looking at the end of November," said Cullen.
Ireland host South Africa in the opening Test on November 11 at
Lansdowne Road then play Fiji a week later and round off their series
against Argentina on November 25.
Schmidt could look to pair Ulster duo Luke Marshall and Stuart
McCloskey in the centre or opt for the likes of Munster's Rory Scannell
and Bundee Aki of Connacht.