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Johnny Sexton to miss Ireland's tour of South Africa

Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Ireland's tour of South Africa.

The 30-year-old Leinster fly-half suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday's 20-10 Pro12 final defeat by Connacht and needed minor surgery.

Coach Joe Schmidt has also lost Luke Fitzgerald and Dave Kearney to injuries sustained at Murrayfield, and in a further blow Rob Kearney pulled up in training on Wednesday with a hamstring strain which will rule him out of the tour.

Ireland have called up Craig Gilroy, Matt Healy, Ian Madigan and the uncapped Tiernan O'Halloran as replacements.

The squad depart on Sunday and will play Tests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth on their first tour of South Africa since 2004.

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