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Flannery out of World Cup

Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup with a calf injury.

The Munster front row sustained the damage in training on Wednesday and a scan has revealed he will be out for up to six weeks.

Commenting on the injury to Flannery, Ireland team manager Paul McNaughton said: "Obviously it is particularly disappointing for Jerry to have suffered this injury at this point in the tournament."

The injury casts doubts over Flannery's career, with the Munster forward having spent much of the last year in the treatment room with calf problems.

He was selected on the bench for all four of last month's warm-up internationals and the 22-10 victory over the United States in last Sunday's World Cup opener.

Flannery was pushing hard for a place in the starting line-up after impressing during his substitute appearances.

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