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McLaughlin joins Lions captain Paul O’Connell and Ulster hooker Rory Best on the sidelines after the pair withdrew from the tour of New Zealand and Australia on Friday with groin and ankle injuries respectively.
The 25-year old will be replaced by Munster’s Niall Ronan, capped twice last summer, who has linked up with squad in time for Friday’s clash with Barbarians at Thomond Park.
Meanwhile, McLaughlin’s teammate Shane Jennings, who also suffered an ankle injury in the Magners League Grand Final, has been ruled fit to rejoin the squad after a scan ruled out any serious damage.