Shanklin ruled out of Lions Tour through injury
Cardiff Blues and Wales centre Tom Shanklin has become the latest player to be ruled out of this summer's Lions Tour to South Africa through injury.
The 29-year-old dislocated his right shoulder last night during the Blues' victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League and will be out for at least 16 weeks.
Shanklin's bad luck potentially opens the door for a number of players who missed out on original selection. Ireland's Gordon Darcy, Scotland's Max Evans and Welsh centre/out-half James Hook are the three names most likely to come into the frame with the Irishman currently in sparkling form for Leinster.