Ireland hooker Cronin set to miss Six Nations

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Sean Cronin is set to miss Ireland's Six Nations campaign after suffering a hamstring injury.

The hooker was hurt playing against Zebre earlier this month and missed Leinster's 57-3 battering of Montpellier in the European Champions Cup on Friday.

Cronin is now expected to miss around 10 weeks of action, which will rule him out of the Six Nations and leaves Ireland short of cover for captain Rory Best.

"It's quite a significant hamstring injury," Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster said in quotes reported by The42.ie.

"It's a real shame for him as he's actually playing great rugby but it's a good opportunity for us to get him right and make sure we don't get a recurrence of this because it must be hugely frustrating for him.

"He's got himself into great form and now he'll miss the Six Nations. He went to push off and accelerate around the corner and saw it go. He's deeply disappointed but he'll be back a better player."

The timing of Cronin's injury is particularly disappointing for the 30-year-old, who would have been hoping to play himself into Warren Gatland's plans for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand later this year.