The Ireland squad trained in cold and wet conditions at Carton House today as they tune up for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations round 2 showdown with France.
Click here to view photos of the Ireland players in action at their Maynooth training base.
Commenting on the players nursing injuries in camp, Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy revealed: “Tommy O’Donnell has completed his HIA (head injury assessment), he trained today fully. Sean O’Brien trained today fully. Rob Kearney took a part in training today and is being assessed by the medical team. He should train fully on Thursday. Today he got through a volume of work and will be ready to go on Thursday.
“Keith (Earls) is going through HIA 1 and had passed that but he is in that sort of process where he is working through those protocols at the moment. He feels pretty good himself but a six-day turnaround…we will just have to assess that later on in the week and see where he is at.
“We are squeezed for time but no player is going to be ruled out (yet). We will be picking the best team to go to war with France at the weekend. Keith is not ruled out at the moment. He is in the middle of that return to play protocol so we will just see how he progresses over the next few days. It is a little bit unique to push selection back a little, to see who is fit and healthy, and who is ready to go.
“All those players who played at the weekend have come back to camp, Rob Herring, Paddy Jackson, Stuart McCloskey, all returned fit and healthy. Fergus McFadden has joined the squad as cover for Keith Earls over this week.
“Mike Ross and Cian Healy are still with Leinster and seem to be progressing well. I think both of them are available for their game (against Zebre) on Friday night. They are not in the Ireland squad at the moment.”
Jonathan Sexton sat out today’s training session with a ‘stiff’ shoulder, as did fellow backs Simon Zebo (knee) and Andrew Trimble (shoulder). All three are expected to train on Thursday.
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