Leamy to miss Six Nations

Ireland international Denis Leamy has been ruled out of this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship.

The Munster back-row forward suffered a serious knee injury during his team’s Heineken Cup victory over Perpignan in France last Sunday.

And the 28-year-old could struggle to play again this season, with Munster expecting him to be sidelined for between four to six months.

Leamy was hurt during the build-up to wing Doug Howlett’s try in the last play of a game that Munster won 37-14 at Stade Aime Giral.

He underwent a scan on his knee the following day, and was operated on in a Dublin clinic yesterday.

His lengthy absence is a major blow for both Munster, who are chasing their third European title this term, and Ireland coach Declan Kidney.

Leamy is a valuable member of the Irish squad, featuring during their recent autumn Tests when he started against Fiji and made a substitute’s appearance during the 20-20 draw with Australia.

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