Sean McMahon reporting from Yokohama.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has provided an injury update in the aftermath of his side’s 27-3 victory over Scotland in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup.
The game was played at a ferocious pace and both Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki were removed in the first half as they picked up head knocks.
They didn’t return to the field and Schmidt confirmed that both players failed their HIAs.
“We had two HIAs, Bundee and Pete,” Schmidt said.
“They are both symptom-free at the moment, that’s reassuring but we’ve got to go through the process. They failed HIA 1 so they’ll go through HIA 2, HIA 3. That will determine whether or not they’ve got a concussion.”
With Ireland’s next match with Japan just six days away, the duo are in a race against time to be fit for the clash in Shizouka.
“Beyond that, the minimum time you can turn around a player is six days so we’ll look at how that pans out, probably over the next 24 hours when they do their HIA2 and HIA3.”
Schmidt also confirmed that Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong are both “fine”.
Ireland are now in pole position to clinch top spot in Pool A of the World Cup but Japan will be buoyed by their opening win over Russia on Friday night.
We can certainly expect fireworks in Shizouka.