Sean Cronin’s fitness ahead of the Test series decider with Australia is under scrutiny, as the Leinster man sat out Friday’s captain’s run.
The IRFU were quick to state that Cronin, named in the starting XV for the clash with Australia ahead of Niall Scannell, is fit for the game and his absence from the captain’s run was merely precautionary.
Any potential injury to Cronin opens the door for Munster’s Niall Scannell to return to the front row, after an impressive display in last Saturday’s victory. However, it would be a major blow for Cronin, having worked so hard to force his way into Joe Schmidt’s selection.
Sean Cronin didn’t take part in Ireland’s captain’s run.
IRFU spokesperson says he was just being kept off his feet after a heavy squad session yesterday.
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) June 22, 2018
Some concern in Sydney about Sean Cronin as he sits out part of the captain’s run, awaiting word from the IRFU
— Rúaidhrí O’Connor (@RuaidhriOC) June 22, 2018
Any Cronin injury would also see Rob Herring make the bench for Saturday’s bumper clash.