Ireland’s 56-19 victory over Italy at the Aviva Stadium sets them up nicely for the visit of Wales in two weeks time.
However, injuries to three of Ireland’s key players has left a sour taste in the mouth on what was otherwise a great afternoon’s work for Joe Schmidt’s side.
Tadhg Furlong was the first casualty who went off with a hamstring injury. Furlong will likely have a scan in the coming days but at least Schmidt did offer some positivity in his post-match interview with Sinéad Kissane of TV3 after the game.
“Tadhg is okay, It was precautionary, he was tight in the hamstring, he hadn’t any problems during the week so we’re hopeful that won’t be anything that gets in the way of him potentially training a bit by Thursday next week and then getting into a full week of preparation the following week for Wales.”
However, Henshaw’s injury clearly looks more serious and he is due to have a scan tomorrow and it is possible that his Six Nations could be over already at this early stage.
“Robbie’s shoulder is very sore, we’ll get that scanned tomorrow and we’ll have more information post that,” Schmidt said.
Jack Conan who was replaced at halftime by CJ Stander, took a “dunt” to his shoulder was confirmed by Schmidt in his post-match press conference. This which resulted in his substitution so this game could potentially starve Ireland of three of their players when Wales travel to Dublin in two weeks.