Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has emerged as an injury doubt for the side’s opening World Cup encounter against Scotland on Sunday.
According to a report in the Irish Times, the Leinster star suffered a hamstring injury during training at Ireland’s base in Chiba.
Henshaw was in line to start in midfield against the Scots, alongside Bundee Aki, following the pair’s impressive display in their 19-10 win over Wales last weekend, his first outing in green this season.
Should Henshaw be ruled out of the game, Garry Ringrose will take his place in the start XV while Ulster’s Will Addison is in pole position to take his place in the squad should the Westmeath man’s injury prove more serious than first thought.
Addison was due to appear for Ulster in their preseason meeting with Glasgow on Saturday afternoon, however, he was taken out of the starting lineup and moved to the bench instead.
Joe Schmidt is expected to give a further update on Henshaw’s condition during a press conference on Sunday morning.