Munster second row Tadhg Beirne picked up a knee injury in their Heineken Champions Cup win over Exeter at Thomond Park on Saturday night
THE IRFU have revealed that following a scan on a knee injury, Munster’s versatile forward Tadhg Beirne has been ruled out of the opening two rounds of Ireland's Guinness Six Nations campaign.
Beirne picked up the injury during the course of Munster’s narrow Heineken Champions Cup win over Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park on Saturday night.
Quinn Roux, who captained Connacht to victory in Bordeaux on Saturday, has been called up in place of Beirne.
Adam Byrne, who helped Leinster secure a home Champions Cup quarter-final yesterday, will travel to Portugal for Ireland's training camp this week as Munster winger Andrew Conway picked up a knock during Munster's round 6 win over Exeter Chiefs.
Conway is unable to train this week but will be fully fit to train next week, ahead of Ireland's eagerly-awaited opening clash with England. Having missed the game against Wasps due to a shoulder injury, Jack Conan will continue his treatment at Leinster this week and will be fully fit to train next week.
Rob Kearney and Jack McGrath will remain with Leinster in order to gain game-time in the GUINNESS PRO14 against the Scarlets on Friday. All other players reporting niggles from the weekend's European matches will be managed by the Ireland medical team in Portugal.