Will Addison has linked up with the Ireland squad after returning from injury earlier than expected.
Addison suffered a season-ending back injury which ruled him out for the majority of the second half of last season and it was thought that he would also miss out on the opportunity to play in the Rugby World Cup after undergoing surgery in April.
However, the Ulster man’s return ahead of schedule has seen him catapulted into the Ireland training camp, despite not being named in the original 44-man squad by Joe Schmidt. Addison has joined up with the squad in Galway as preparations continue for the upcoming tournament in Japan.
The 26-year-old linked up with Ulster at the beginning of last season and was eligible for Ireland selection straight away through his Fermanagh-born mother. The utility back was selected for Ireland’s November series and would go on to win his first three caps during the Autumn tests. He made his debut off the bench against Italy in Chicago before coming in as a late replacement in midfield for Robbie Henshaw during Ireland’s win over Argentina as well as starting Ireland’s final November series game against the USA at fullback.
Addison made 11 appearances for Dan McFarland’s side during his maiden Ulster campaign until he suffered the season-ending back injury while on Ireland duty during the Six Nations.
His return provides Joe Schmidt with further options across the backline. Addison is equally adept across the entirety of the backline which may well work in his favour when Schmidt attempts to whittle down his squad in the coming weeks.