'Buzzing' Gilroy back in harness for Italy trip
CRAIG GILROY has given Ireland coach Declan Kidney a much needed boost with this return for the trip to Rome.
The Ulster winger missed out on last weekend's game against France after succumbing to a groin injury, but came through yesterday's training session with no problems and can expect to be returned to the starting line-up for Saturday's game against Italy.
"I had been afraid I would miss the game altogether," said Gilroy. "But I worked hard over the last week and a half and did a lot of rehab and a lot of work with the physios.
"I ran today and felt really good, so I'd love to be involved at the weekend."
Gilroy had been close to making the game against France, but suffered a setback in training in the lead-up to the team announcement.
"It was just a wee niggle that got worse, but the time I've had off my feet recently has been a massive help and I'm buzzing now. I'm ready to get back playing," he said.
Meanwhile, Brian O'Driscoll, Luke Marshall and Donnacha Ryan all took a limited part in the training and a decision on their availability will be made later this week.