Following a week of rehabilitation, the injury to Ireland lock Paul O'Connell's left shoulder has made good progress.
O'Connell's rehabilitation programme will continue this week - he will take some part in training today and tomorrow. A further update on the injury, which the Limerick man sustained in the RBS 6 Nations defeat to France on February 11, will be given on Wednesday.
Ireland Team Doctor Gary O'Driscoll said: "Paul is now pain free in the shoulder and has progressed at a very pleasing rate. If Paul's rehab continues on this present curve, we are reasonably confident that he will be available for the weekend."