Worrying footage as Tadhg Beirne suffers "bad injury" to ribs 6 days ago

Worrying footage as Tadhg Beirne suffers "bad injury" to ribs

"It's a bad injury."

So said referee Wayne Barnes as Munster lock Tadhg Beirne shipped a bad blow to his rib's in his side's Champions Cup clash with Toulouse.

Beirne, who was nominated for Six Nations Player of the Tournament after a superb return of form, was causing Toulouse trouble at Thomond Park when he took a knee to the ribs from Francois Cros.

The Toulouse forward was making a carry into the Munster 22 when Beirne tackled him. The Munster lock went to ground and Cros followed soon after, his knee accidentally landing right on Beirne.

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Play continued for a few moments before Barnes called a halt so Beirne could get some medical attention.

The Kildare native tried to play on but only last two more minutes. During that time, he was subjected to a crunching Richie Arnold tackle that left him wincing.

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Tadhg Beirne was replaced by Billy Holland as Munster went into the 'Home' changing room 16-9 up, at half-time.

The first half had seen Munster rallying superbly after falling 6-3 behind to a massively fired up Toulouse. Both Damian De Allende and Keith Earls were in their element on a sunny day in Limerick.

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