Ireland have received a boost with the news that Chris Farrell has been passed fit to train today at the team’s base in Carton House.
Farrell was a doubt after he was replaced in the first half of Munster’s bonus-point win over the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night.
Munster head coach Johann van Graan confirmed that he suffered a knee knock and that removing him so early on was just a precautionary move.
However, the IRFU have confirmed that he has been passed fit to train today as Ireland prepare for their upcoming clash with Italy on Sunday.
In other news, Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne have both joined up with the squad this week but Henderson’s involvement this weekend may be in doubt as he faces a disciplinary hearing as he was cited for an incident in Ulster’s win over the Ospreys.
Will Addison, who has yet to play a minute in the current Six Nations campaign, will remain with Ulster this week to have treatment on lower back stiffness.
Garry Ringrose and Rhys Ruddock will remain with Leinster this week to rehab their respective hamstring injuries.
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 115 caps (c)
Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 4 caps
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 12 caps
Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 67 caps
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 12 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 30 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 86 caps
Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 42 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 26 caps
Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 53 caps
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 26 caps
Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 54 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 54 caps (vc)
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 10 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 16 caps
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 11 caps
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 14 caps
Caolin Blade (Galwegians/Connacht) 0 caps
Adam Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 1 cap
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 18 caps
Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 0 caps
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 10 caps
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 6 caps
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 74 caps
Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 4 caps
Tom Farrell (Coolmine/Connacht) 0 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 37 caps
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster/) 88 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 11 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 69 caps
Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 80 caps (vc)
Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 16 caps