Sean McMahon reporting from Japan.
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek was up for media duties at Ireland’s base in Chiba and the 44-year-old Kiwi provided an update on the injury suffered by Robbie Henshaw.
Henshaw suffered a hamstring injury during a training session over the weekend and it led to Ulster’s Will Addison being removed from the northern province’s starting lineup in their preseason clash with the Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.
Addison looks to be the man to fly to Japan if Henshaw’s injury rules him out of the tournament but that won’t happen in the short-term as Feek says the result of the Leinster centre’s scan was “reasonably positive”.
“Robbie’s looking a lot better this week, just back from training and still sorting things out but it’s reasonably positive in terms of what we saw,” Feek said this afternoon.
“Some of these guys, day by day, week by week, things can improve dramatically than the average human so we’re just taking it like that at the moment.
“From here on in, we’ll see how it goes over the next few days and then re-assess.”
It seems to be a case of ‘wait and see’ from the Irish management and they will hope that Henshaw will show improvement over the coming days so that they can confirm his inclusion in the squad for the coming weeks ahead.
There is a game in mind from the Irish coaching staff’s perspective in terms of when Henshaw will return and after this weekend, which sees Ireland open their World Cup campaign against Scotland, there should be another update on Henshaw.
“I know what game he’ll be targeting, it’s still early days. We still have hopes for next week.
“We’ll go day by day, you’ll probably get a better update after this weekend.”
“He’s a good man, great to have around and his work ethic is incredible. To be around now, I guess that’s a bit of a relief.
“It’s very, very unlikely he’ll play this week. You can read between the lines a bit.”
Elsewhere, there are concerns surrounding the fitness of Keith Earls and Joey Carbery.
Earls is expected to train later this week, something which he will need to do if he is to be considered for Sunday’s clash with Scotland. A decision on whether Earls will be available to train will be made later today.
“Keith is chipping away, he’s working hard. He’s been pretty good too, Earlsy gets on with things and we don’t see him too much around the place. He’s always working hard. He’s a good man. He’s going good.”
Finally, there is good news surrounding Carbery. The Munster out-half trained today according to Feek and all going according to plan, he should be available for selection against Gregor Townsend’s side.
“Joey was running around today, he trained and I’m happy for him.
“I think he’s living, on the whole, you’re only as good as your last game, if he can do that he’ll be good.”