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Toner blow for Irish

8th February 2019, 18:46 by Neil Foster

Lock Devin Toner is out of the remainder of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign due to the ankle injury picked up against England.

The 32-year-old has already undergone surgery on the problem that forced him from the pitch during the second period of Ireland’s opening loss to the Red Rose last weekend.

The Leinster second-rower is now a doubt for the European Cup quarter-final against Ulster as he faces a two-month absence overall.

In other team news, Sean O'Brien missed training at Murrayfield on Friday ahead of Saturday’s clash with Scotland but is expected to start.

Connacht lock Quinn Roux will come in to replace Toner as one of five changes made by head coach Joe Schmidt.

"It's a massive blow," admitted Ireland captain Rory Best when asked about Toner's injury. "Devin has been a big part of what we've created here over the last while and he's a great player.

"I would say that over the last 18 months or two years he's probably played some of the best rugby of his career, so to lose a player like that, the intellectual property that he brings around the line-out and the calmness that he has is a great thing to have around the team environment."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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