Ireland at full fitness for France
February 27, 2012
Ireland claim that Sean O'Brien will be back in training on Tuesday © Getty Images
Ireland are optimistic that they will have a full squad to pick from ahead of their clash with France on Sunday.
Fullback Rob Kearney and flanker Sean O'Brien both underwent scans on injuries suffered during the Azzurri clash, the Irish Rugby Union said. Kearney reported a tight groin during the game, while O'Brien turned an ankle, but both scans were clear, with Kearney expected back in training this week and his Leinster colleague O'Brien taking some part tomorrow.
Centre Gordon D'Arcy, meanwhile, took a blow to his shoulder, but showed no ill-effects after the game, and prop Cian Healy (jaw) will perform what has been described as "modified training" this week.
Ireland face France in Paris next Sunday in a rearranged Six Nations clash after their original meeting 16 days ago was frozen off.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The Heineken Cup proved once again just why it is the best domestic rugby competition in the world at the weekend and Monday Maul picks out some of the key talking points
The latest Week in Pictures brings you a selection of the best snaps from around the rugby world with scantily clad ladies, O'Driscoll and snow all featuring
"If I miss the first kick of the match, it shouldn't have any impact on the second. They are different entities." Tom Hamilton talks to Northampton Saints' Stephen Myler
It's time for those running Welsh rugby to stop trying to prevent its players heading to France and to start planning a future without them, writes Martin Williamson