Rhys Ruddock's is today travelling back to Dublin following the arm injury he sustained playing for Emerging Ireland against Uruguay in the Tibilisi Cup.

Ruddock's hopes of making the Rugby World Cup are in serious doubt after he injured his right forearm during the 33-7 win over Los Teros.

It appears that the Leinster forward may have broken his arm for a second time since December.

Ruddock first broke his right forearm in Leinster’s Champions Cup meeting with Harlequins in December.

The 24-year-old returned to play for his province during the Six Nations, but suffered a recurrence of the problem after two games back.

Ruddock will be assessed by the IRFU medical staff back in Ireland and a full assessment made on the injury and next medical steps for the back row.

Emerging Ireland coach Allen Clarke said yesterday: “He’s had a knock there before, but I’m not the expert.

“It would be wrong to second guess the x-ray. I’ve concern for him as an individual, but he’s a resilient young man, he’ll bounce back. It rules him out of the rest of the tournament.”