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D’Arcy blow for Ireland

Super Rugby

Dublin - Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy has been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations championship with a foot injury, adding to a growing casualty list that threatens to derail the country's bid for its first championship in four years.

A scan after Ireland's 12-6 defeat by England in Dublin uncovered a stress injury in a bone in the Leinster player's foot, putting him out of action for an estimated six weeks, the Irish Rugby Football Union said in a statement.

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during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.

Earlier this week Ireland flyhalf Jonny Sexton and lock Mike McCarthy were ruled out of the next Six Nations match against Scotland with injuries.

Prop Cian Healy has been suspended for two matches for stamping on England prop Dan Cole, while winger Simon Zebo will miss the remainder of the tournament with a broken foot.

Ireland, who beat Wales in their opening Six Nations match, next face Scotland in Edinburgh on Feb. 24. They will then play France in Dublin and Italy in Rome. – Reuters

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