24 Dec 2009

Ireland's Leamy to miss Six Nations

1:05 pm on 24 December 2009

The Munster number eight Denis Leamy has been ruled out of Ireland's defence of their Six Nations title with a knee injury.

Leamy was injured in the closing stages of the Irish province's 37-14 European Cup pool win away to French club Perpignan and could be out for up to six months.

He won the last of his 43 caps in Ireland's 41-6 thrashing of Fiji in Dublin in November.

Ireland begins the defence of its Six Nations title at home to Italy on February 6.