Ferris loses fitness battle
May 26, 2012
Stephen Ferris will miss Ireland tour of New Zealand © Getty Images
Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris has been ruled out of their forthcoming tour to New Zealand with a calf injury.
The 26-year-old has been replaced in the tour squad by Leinster blindside Kevin McLaughlin.
Ferris was injured as Ulster fell 42-14 to Leinster in the Heineken Cup final on May 19.
Ireland will face the world champions in a three-Test series, beginning in Auckland on June 9.
"Kevin McLaughlin narrowly missed out on selection for the original 29-man squad named earlier this week, but steps up into the touring party in place of Stephen Ferris, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury sustained in the Heineken Cup final," a statement read.
Ireland will finalise their touring party following Tuesday's clash with the Barbarians in Gloucester.
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