Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has provided an injury update after their 35-0 bonus-point victory over Russia.
There were a number of injury concerns coming out of today’s win, most notably Jordi Murphy who left the fray with a rib injury after just 27 minutes.
Murphy was a late call-up to the Ireland squad due to Jack Conan’s withdrawal and the Ulster back-row only arrived in Japan earlier this week.
Schmidt confirmed after the game that Murphy may have popped a rib and he will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the damage.
“Jordi, he just got squeezed in the ribs,” Schmidt said after the match.
“I think he may have popped a rib. We’re going to get him checked out. He was pretty uncomfortable and that was disappointing because our plan was only to play him for 40 minutes and keep CJ (Stander) fresh for 40 minutes as well.”
ITV reported that Sexton was seen with an ice pack on his leg after he was replaced at half-time but Schmidt confirmed that he is “good” while also revealing that Rob Kearney felt some tightness in his groin.
“Johnny (Sexton) – he’s all good. I think Rob (Kearney) is OK. We were going to give him 50 or 60 (minutes), so making the change when we did – he just felt a little bit tight in the groin and we felt it was about time to take him off anyway.”
Joey Carbery was originally pencilled in as scrum-half cover on the bench and the IRFU confirmed before kick-off that he withdrew from the squad because of an injury to his ankle. However, Schmidt believes that Carbery could have played but it wasn’t worth the risk. Conor Murray came onto the replacements bench for Carbery but didn’t see any minutes against Russia.
“Joey (Carbery) is good. I think he would have been OK to play but Conor Murray was very keen to play and at one stage he was going to go on as lock – he’s quite tall, Conor, and Tadhg Beirne came off with cramp towards the end.
“Conor was pretty keen, because if he had got onto the pitch he wouldn’t have to do the extras he’s doing on the watt bike right now.”