Good news expected over D'Arcy
GORDON D'ARCY is the major injury concern for Ireland ahead of their Triple Crown-chasing clash with Scotland at Croke Park on Saturday.
The Leinster centre was replaced by Rob Kearney after 23 minutes of the Welsh encounter after taking a heavy blow to his knee and a medical update is due today, but coach Declan Kidney was relieved that initial examinations did not reveal any structural damage to the knee area.
"The structure of the knee is fine, I think it's just a heavy dead leg, we will know more on Monday," said Kidney.
The early substitution saw Kearney slot in at full-back, Geordan Murphy move to the left wing and two-try hero Keith Earls switch in to the centre. If D'Arcy is ruled out, Kidney may opt for those options again against the Scots or Paddy Wallace, who started regularly alongside Brian O'Driscoll during 2009, could come straight in at 12.
France's 46-20 victory over Italy at the Stade de France yesterday keeps them on course for the Grand Slam.
Les Bleus' points differential of plus-64 is 50 points better than Ireland's, which would mean France would have to lose heavily in Paris against England next weekend coupled with a heavy Irish win for Kidney's man to have a shot at the championship.