Ferris gets green light to face Argentina
Stephen Ferris was passed fit yesterday after Ireland's final run-out at a bitterly cold Aviva Stadium ahead of this afternoon's Test against Argentina (2.30).
Ferris had a bruised ankle but it didn't stop him taking a full part in the Captain's Run, which was held on the snowbound back pitch, which is an artificial surface. Despite the Arctic conditions, there is no issue about the game going ahead as scheduled.
The main pitch, which is in good condition, had very light patches of snow at lunchtime yesterday and the undersoil heating was due to be turned up full blast yesterday evening to ensure optimum conditions for today.
The squad was boosted by the return to action on Friday night of Paul O'Connell and Tomás O'Leary. O'Connell played his first game since the Triple Crown defeat by Scotland last March and successfully came through a club game for Young Munster against Shannon. "All good thank God -- no problems," he said yesterday.
O'Leary missed all of the November series because of a broken thumb and played 80 minutes for Munster in their Magners League defeat by the Dragons at Rodney Parade.