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Wales hooker Lloyd Burns ruled out of Six Nations with neck injury

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CARDIFF, Wales - Wales hooker Lloyd Burns will miss the entire Six Nations after being ruled out for three months with a neck injury.

The 27-year-old Gwent Dragons player was a reserve hooker for Wales at the World Cup last year.

Announcing the injury, Dragons rugby director Robert Beale says Burns "has been advised to withdraw from rugby for at least three months in order to fully rehab his neck ... Lloyd's safety and welfare has to be paramount."

The Welsh kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin on Feb. 5.

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