Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy has confirmed that the 34 players who are currently preparing for Sunday’s trip to Rome to take on Italy have all come through training unscathed and are eligible for selection.
There were a number of doubts surrounding players like Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Beirne and Chris Farrell.
Henshaw missed out on the trip to Murrayfield to take on Scotland last time out due to a dead leg and he didn’t take part in training last week but Murphy confirmed today that the centre, who signed a new IRFU contract this week, is fit and firing.
“Yeah, everyone trained this morning,” Murphy said.
“Obviously, Robbie Henshaw was back out after training yesterday and sitting out some of last week. He should be back and available for this week. Everyone else got through training.”
The “everyone else” refers to Beirne and Farrell who were originally considered doubts.
Beirne hasn’t played any rugby since Munster’s win over the Exeter Chiefs in final pool game of the Heineken Champions Cup while Farrell picked up a knock to his knee in the win over the Southern Kings as the weekend.
However, both players are deemed fit enough to play on Sunday after coming through training this week.
Another player who Ireland have welcomed back is Iain Henderson. The powerful Ulster second-row got through 80 minutes against the Ospreys on Friday and his citing from that game was thrown out yesterday which means he will face no disciplinary action and is available for Sunday.
“It’s brilliant. Obviously, Tadhg Beirne as well. Coming back into the mix. So those two boys were in our original squads, obviously top class players but you must also hold up your hand and give credit to the likes of Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane who have come in over the last few weeks and done well.
“There’s a real competition for places in there in the second-row so it’s great to get those guys back but we have to be mindful of the work that others have done as well.”
Ireland will name their team on Friday afternoon before they travel to Italy for the match on Sunday.