Dai Young plays down Launchbury and Shields injury worries

Leinster fans welcome their team at the Ricoh Arena

Leinster fans welcome their team at the Ricoh Arena Credit GETTY IMAGES

Flanker Brad Shields has become the latest injury concern for England ahead of the Six Nations after he was ruled out of Wasps' European Champions Cup clash with Leinster.

Ulster Rugby booked their spot in the last eight and set up an all-Irish quarter-final against defending champions Leinster with a last-gasp 14-13 win at Leicester Tigers, who were sunk by two late tries, while Leinster sealed a home tie with a 37-19 bonus-point success at Wasps.

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Frontrunners Leinster and Toulouse headed into the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup as they wrapped up their Pool 1 campaigns with victories against Wasps and Bath on Sunday.

Saracens fly-half Farrell has had surgery to fix ligament damage to a thumb and is expected to return in seven to ten days, a time frame that would enable him to play against opening Six Nations opponents Ireland in Dublin on February 2.

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The difference continued to remain 20 points with 10 minutes left in the game after Dan Robson and Noel Reid traded tries and just when Marcus Watson with a 78th minute consolation try reduced the gap to 15 points but Reid with his maiden penalty in the final minute ensured Leinster completed an 18 point victory. The Toulouse tries came from Joe Tekori and Antoine Dupont. We don't see it potentially being an issue moving forward.

Things got worse when Wasps skipper Launchbury went down following a ninth-minute collision before departing for a head injury assessment which proved the end of his match, despite passing it.

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