Thursday 8 December 2016

Video: Great news for Ireland as O'Brien, Sexton, Earls and Kearney all took part in training this morning

Published 11/02/2016 | 11:25

Ireland's Sean O'Brien, left, with forwards coach Simon Easterby and head coach Joe Schmidt, right, during squad training
Ireland's Sean O'Brien, left, with forwards coach Simon Easterby and head coach Joe Schmidt, right, during squad training

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt looks to have been handed a timely boost ahead of Ireland’s clash with France on Saturday as Jonathan Sexton, Sean O’Brien, Keith Earls and Rob Kearney all trained this morning.

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All four took part in the opening 10 minutes of training this morning and as the remainder of the session was behind closed doors, it is unknown if they completed the session.

After nailing the penalty which secured Ireland’s draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium last Sunday, Sexton was replaced by Ian Madigan due to what has been confirmed as a bruised chest and, as such, the former did not train on Tuesday.

However, he was on the paddock this morning and, looks set to direct Ireland in Paris. Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney both missed the draw with Wales with hamstring issues but both were present for the opening phase of training today.

O’Brien is likely to come in at open-side flanker for Tommy O’Donnell, who was forced off with a head injury against the Welsh, though was declared fully fit on Tuesday by Ireland skills coach Richie Murphy.

Kearney, too, looks certain to be in from the get go, with Simon Zebo seen to be training with a heavily strapped knee and, when considering, the Munster back’s defensive frailties being exposed against Wales.

Joe Schmidt names his Ireland team to face France at 12.30 and you can watch it live on Independent.ie.

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