O'Leary out of Lions tour with broken ankle

The Lions squad suffered its first casualty last night when Munster and Ireland scrum-half Tomás O'Leary broke his ankle during Munster's 29-10 victory over the Scarlets at Musgrave Park.

The 25-year-old was outstanding during Ireland's Six Nations Grand Slam victory and has played a crucial role in Munster's Heineken Cup success over the past two seasons. O'Leary's bad luck opens the door for another scrum-half, with Scotland's Mike Blair, Chris Cusiter and Wales' Dwayne Peel amongst the favourites to take the Munster man's place on the tour to South Africa.

Lions head coach Ian McGeechan looks likely to wait until after next weekend's Heineken Cup semi-finals, with Munster taking on Leinster and the Cardiff Blues facing Leicester, before naming the replacement. The coaching team will be hoping that there are no more casualties ahead of the start of the tour at the end of May.

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