Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.
Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has provided a positive update on the fitness of Keith Earls and Rob Kearney ahead of Sunday’s World Cup clash with Scotland.
Earls and Kearney are suffering from knee and calf problems, respectively and there has been widespread concern that the duo could miss out the Pool A opener against Gregor Townsend’s side.
However, Farrell confirmed in a press conference today that both players were running in training today and that they are available for selection although that will depend further on whether they come through the next session which takes place on Friday.
“We’re pleased with how things have gone today,” Farrell told the media at today’s press conference.
“Rob (Kearney) and Keith Earls ran well and trained well. Joey’s (Carbery) been training well since Monday, so we’re in a good spot.”
“There are a few protocols that they need to go to, so that’s what we need to adhere to with the medical staff. But they are very happy.
“They are available, so we’ve obviously another session to go on Friday. It’s Wednesday. The game’s on Sunday, so we’re building nicely.”
Robbie Henshaw will not be available for the weekend while Joey Carbery has trained twice fully this week which puts him in contention.
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