Sunday 20 August 2017

Green light for injured Irish duo

Jamie Heaslip. Photo: Sportsfile
Jamie Heaslip. Photo: Sportsfile
Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Both Tomás O'Leary and Jamie Heaslip will be fit to face France in the second round of the Six Nations today despite missing yesterday's captain's run, according to coach Declan Kidney.

France arrived in Dublin yesterday lunchtime and reported everyone fit.

O'Leary is suffering from back trouble and Heaslip has not played for five weeks because of an ankle injury.

"With Tomás, best practice is to just let him get ready for the game tomorrow and that's what we're letting him do," Kidney said. "Obviously when he hasn't trained during the week you would have a bit (of worry). I'm very happy that he is good to go tomorrow but we have the contingency plan in place.

"Eoin (Reddan) is here, Peter (Stringer) is here. But I suppose you could do that right down throughout the team as well. Sod's Law will always dictate it could be someone else."

Captain Brian O'Driscoll said he was hoping for a decent surface today and a full house, which would be a first for Ireland at the new stadium.

"We have tried to put right the errors we made last weekend in training this week, doing all our homework," he said. "When you're not on the pitch you're trying to make sure that you prepare yourself for when you do go on the pitch, whether it be for training or the match. Hopefully everyone is really looking forward to being back in the Aviva, being back to a packed house and a crowd ready to cheer us on."

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