Prev Game: Guinness PRO12 Sat 17th May

prev game - Ulster
team 1 score team 2
Leinster 13 - 9 Ulster

Next Game: Guinness PRO12 Sat 6th Sep

next game - Ulster
team 1 score team 2
Scarlets 00:00 Ulster

Ulster and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris could be back in action by mid-February

Last Updated: 23/01/13 7:58pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris could yet play a part in this season's RBS Six Nations Championship after making good progress following ankle surgery.

The 27-year-old went under the knife in early December to repair tendon damage picked up in a RaboDirect Pro12 league clash with Edinburgh in November and missed all of Ireland's autumn internationals.

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe has now given a positive bulletin on Ferris' rehabilitation and is hopeful the back-rower could be back playing within a month.

"Stephen Ferris, mid-February, fingers crossed, all going well," Anscombe told BBC Sport.

If Ferris does return on schedule then he would still have a chance of featuring for Ireland in the Six Nations.

Their campaign kicks off with an away game in Wales on February 2 before the home match with England the following weekend.

Bowe won't be rushed

A two-week break follows before Ireland make the trip to Scotland on February 24 and they conclude their fixture-list with contests against France on March 9 and then Italy seven days later.

However, Ferris is unlikely to be rushed back into the national set-up until he has proved his fitness for Ulster, with their next match not coming until they face the Ospreys in league action on February 9.

Anscombe also sounded a note of caution when quizzed about the fitness of Ferris' Ireland and Ulster team-mate Tommy Bowe who recently underwent knee surgery.

The Ulster supremo played down suggestions that the winger could be back in time to face Saracens in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in early April.

"That would be pushing it," said the Ulster coach. "We've got to be very careful with such a serious injury that he had. We don't want to be rushing it. We've got to look at the longer-term effects of where it's at."

  • Share:

Related

RBS Six Nations 2013

Mathew Tait: The full-back is hopeful of adding to his England caps

Tait aims for England take-off

Mathew Tait believes his best form is still ahead of him after recovering from a career threatening groin injury.

O'Driscoll: has a good recent record against England and Alex expects it to continue

Brian mighty

Alex Payne says Ireland stalwart Brian O'Driscoll can guide his side to victory over in-form England.

Mike Phillips: Wants Wales to be fearless when they face France next Saturday

Phillips: Play without fear

Mike Phillips has called on Wales to play with 'no fear' when they tackle favourites France next weekend.

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

Sky Sports picks out our heroes and villains from another eventful last seven days in the world of sport.

Six of the best

Six of the best

Ahead of the Super Rugby Qualifying Finals, Sky Sports takes a look at the six teams in contention.

Mike Tindall factfile

Mike Tindall factfile

A factfile on England World Cup-winner Mike Tindall, who has announced his retirement from professional rugby.