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Ireland locks Henderson, Beirne to miss start of 6 Nations

DUBLIN (AP) Locks Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne will miss the start of Ireland's defense of the Six Nations rugby title.

Henderson returned on Saturday from a five-week layoff because of a thumb injury only to hurt a finger playing for Ulster in the European Champions Cup.

Ulster said the British and Irish Lions star will be sidelined for several weeks, but didn't say which finger was injured or its nature in a statement on Monday. It was unrelated to his recent thumb problem.