Ireland International Ruled Out Of Entire Six Nations Championship

Ruled out.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be sweating on the fitness of Connacht scrumhalf Kieran Marmion and Ulster nine John Cooney with news that Leinster’s Luke McGrath will miss the entire Six Nations championship.

The eastern province today confirmed McGrath will be out of action for around 8 weeks, meaning he will miss Ireland’s defence of the Six Nations title next month.

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Marmion has been out with an ankle problem since November, with the opener against England on February 2nd likely to come too soon for the Connacht star.

Cooney meanwhile was a late withdrawal for Ulster on Saturday with a back problem, meaning Connacht’s Caolin Blade is likely to be called up when Schmidt names his squad later this week.

Johnny Sexton has also been ruled out of Leinster’s final pool game with Wasps as he continues to recover from a knee problem. Sexton missed the win over Toulouse, with Ross Byrne set to continue at ten again this weekend.

On a positive note Devin Toner, Sean O’Brien and Robbie Henshaw are all in line for returns, while Rob Kearney and Dan Leavy will be monitored during the week.