With Keith Wood planning to make his comeback this weekend for his club Harlequins in their Premiership game against Sale Sharks, there is a real possibility of him making the Ireland v Italy game.
Ireland manager Brian O'Brien believes Wood will play at least a part, or hopefully a full game on Saturday."He is down to play," said O'Brien yesterday at the squad session in Ravenhil, "How long he plays for is up to Harlequins and Keith himself. He would not play if he didn't feel he was right.
Coach Eddie O'Sullivan said: "At this point in time he plans to play, but for how long we are not sure. If he played a full game it would help a lot. His calf problem is pretty serious and has dragged on for a while now. So he has to be careful that he doesn't damage it again. Hopefully everything will go ok for him."
Looking forward to locking horns with France, Conor Murray said: "I know with the type of players and type of game Guy Noves likes to play, they can throw up anything. We've got to be ready for any style of game, an offloading game, a free-flowing game."
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby chats about sharing the defence coaching duties, Sean O'Brien (tight hamstring) sitting out Wednesday's training session and also talks about the strength of the Welsh back row.
Andrew Trimble talks about coming back from injury to make Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad and dealing with the excitement and nervousness ahead of a big game like Sunday's Championship opener against Wales.
We hear from returning front rowers Adam McBurney and Conan O'Donnell, captain James Ryan and fellow newcomer Paul Kiernan as the Ireland Under-20s look forward to opening the U-20 RBS 6 Nations on Friday night against Wales at their new home of Donnybrook.
Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong spoke about the excitement of facing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign, the challenge of scrummaging against Wales and his earliest memories of the Championship - which include apple pie!