Ireland tour of New Zealand
Ferris loses fitness battle
ESPN Staff
May 26, 2012
Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris hands off Blaine Scully, Ireland v United States, Rugby World Cup, New Plymouth, New Zealand, September 11, 2011
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Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris has been ruled out of their forthcoming tour to New Zealand with a calf injury.

The 26-year-old has been replaced in the tour squad by Leinster blindside Kevin McLaughlin.

Ferris was injured as Ulster fell 42-14 to Leinster in the Heineken Cup final on May 19.

Ireland will face the world champions in a three-Test series, beginning in Auckland on June 9.

"Kevin McLaughlin narrowly missed out on selection for the original 29-man squad named earlier this week, but steps up into the touring party in place of Stephen Ferris, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury sustained in the Heineken Cup final," a statement read.

Ireland will finalise their touring party following Tuesday's clash with the Barbarians in Gloucester.

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