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Kearney picks up knee injury as Irish crash

Guinness PRO12 Editor

14 Feb 2010

Leinster full back Rob Kearney faces a race against time to be fit to take his place in the Irish side to travel to Twickenham Stadium to face unbeaten England in Round 3 of this season’s RBS 6 Nations.

Kearney limped out of Grand Slam Ireland’s 33-10 defeat in Paris against a rampant French team that ran in three tries to make it five in total in their two wins to date.

Kearney left proceedings at Stade de France just before half-time after suffering damage to his right knee medial ligament.

Ireland head to Twickenham on Saturday, 27 February having lost their 12-match unbeaten run which dated back to November 2008. It was also the first championship defeat suffered by Declan Kidney since taking over as Irish coach.

France were 17-3 ahead at half-time and 10 of those points came when Leinster prop Cian Healy was in the sin bin for an early tackle on Francois Trinh-Duc. T

he home side ran in three tries and the only meaningful response from Brian O’Driscoll’s men came in the shape of a try from back row man David Wallace.