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Ireland face anxious wait to determine extent of Tadhg Beirne injury

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Limerick , Ireland - 26 December 2022; Tadhg Beirne of Munster after his side's defeat in the United Rugby Championship match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park in Limerick. (Photo By Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ireland lock Tadhg Beirne is seeing a specialist to determine the extent of the leg injury he suffered during Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations win over France.

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British and Irish Lion Beirne departed the Aviva Stadium on crutches after being forced off early in the second half of his country’s 32-19 victory.

Head coach Andy Farrell said following the game that the issue “did not look great” for the Munster man, who has started his country’s last 14 Tests.

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Title-chasing Ireland, who top the championship table after two rounds, have retained a 25-man squad for this week’s two-day training camp ahead of the first weekend break in the tournament.

Captain Johnny Sexton is managing a groin injury sustained against Les Bleus, while hooker Rob Herring is undergoing return to play protocols after suffering a head injury from a high tackle which has led to French prop Uini Atonio being cited.

Herring was deputising for Dan Sheehan, who is continuing his recovery from a hamstring problem under the supervision of the Ireland medical team.

Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong, Robbie Henshaw and Jamison Gibson-Park are also undergoing rehabilitation from their respective injuries.

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Keith Earls, Jordan Larmour and Jacob Stockdale are among the 12 players released to play for their provinces.

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