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Jack McGrath: Short turnaround for Romania is just the way the chips fell

Published 22/09/2015 | 16:00

Jack McGrath does not see Romania as heavily disadvantaged by playing two games in four days at the World Cup
Jack McGrath does not see Romania as heavily disadvantaged by playing two games in four days at the World Cup

Jack McGrath does not believe Romania will be heavily disadvantaged by facing Ireland just four days after taking on France at the World Cup.

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Romania open their Pool D challenge against France at London's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, before facing Ireland at Wembley on Sunday.

Governing body World Rugby has been criticised for allowing differing recovery times for teams across the World Cup again, despite working to level out any disparity.

Japan will face Scotland on Wednesday, just four days after shocking the world to beat South Africa - though the Scots then have a four-day gap themselves before taking on the USA.

"That's just the way the rankings and the seedings have gone and there's not a whole lot we can do about that," said Ireland prop McGrath on Romania's schedule.

"All we can do is give them the respect they deserve, turn up and then give them a good game.

"It's just the way the chips fell and there's not a lot we can do about it.

"Japan just beat South Africa, so I wouldn't say that's getting stung.

"We'll see tomorrow how they get on (against Scotland).

"You only get stung if you lose the game.

"So it's a long way to go in the World Cup."

Leinster loosehead McGrath is confident he could play two World Cup Tests in four days, especially with the week's break that would then follow.

"Absolutely," said McGrath when quizzed on whether he could turn out twice in quick succession.

"If they can back up the two games then they have a nine-day turnaround after that, so if you can play two games in four or five days and have a bit of a rest after that it's not the end of the world.

"If it was just another four days after that it would be a bit unfair but it's just the way it happened and that's it."

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