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Flannery to miss Six Nations openers
ESPNscrum Staff
January 5, 2011
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery, France v Ireland, Six Nations, Stade de France, February 15, 2010
Jerry Flannery will miss the opening two matches of the Six Nations © Getty Images
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Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery will miss the opening fixtures of the Six Nations against Italy and France after tearing a calf muscle.

Flannery, who has 36 won caps for Ireland, sustained the injury during Munster's win over Ulster at Thomond Park last Saturday night, and a scan on Wednesday revealed that he would be sidelined for between four and six weeks.

The 32-year-old Munster hooker, who had only just returned from a calf injury to his other leg, will also miss rounds five and six of the Heineken Cup against Toulon and London Irish as well as Magners League matches against Glasgow, Treviso and Edinburgh.

Flannery missed Ireland's autumn internationals and he has not played for Declan Kidney's side since last season's Six Nations, during which he was banned for six weeks for kicking France's Alexis Palisson.

Speaking after the Ulster game, Munster head coach Tony McGahan said: "Jerry is quite upset and everyone is feeling for him at this point in time. He worked really hard to get back from where he was and there is no doubt he will work really hard to get back from this one as well."

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