Monday 15 October 2018

Ireland prop Cian Healy declared fit to face England

Prop Cian Healy is passed fit for Ireland’s Grand Slam clash with England at Twickenham

Ireland v Scotland – Ireland Captain’s Run – Aviva Stadium
Ireland v Scotland – Ireland Captain’s Run – Aviva Stadium

By Nick Purewal, Press Association Sport

Ireland insist Cian Healy is fit for Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations Grand Slam clash with England at Twickenham.

Leinster prop Healy appeared unsteady on his feet after a heavy clash in Ireland’s 28-8 win over Scotland on Saturday that sealed a third Six Nations title in five years.

Head coach Joe Schmidt insisted after the match that Ireland had suffered no serious injuries, and now the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) have further explained the issue.

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Ireland Training Session and Press Conference – Carton House

Ireland can secure just their third-ever Grand Slam with victory over Eddie Jones’ England in London this weekend.

“Cian Healy suffered a stinger-like injury to the shoulder/trapezuis area,” read an IRFU statement.

“He experienced some discomfort on the field and received the appropriate treatment. Cian will train fully this week.”

Ireland’s four-try win over Scotland, coupled with England’s 22-16 defeat to France in Paris, sealed head coach Schmidt’s third Six Nations title in just the five years he has been at the helm.

Those results also sealed Ireland’s rise to second in World Rugby’s rankings, leapfrogging England, stepping back up to number two in the world for the first time since August 2015.

Former Leinster boss Schmidt would further cement his place in the Irish annals should he now guide his side to a Grand Slam to stand alongside the triumphs of 1948 and 2009.

Ireland have suffered their fair share of injuries across the course of their four victories in the tournament to date, but toppling England away from home will prove a different story altogether.

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Ireland v Scotland – NatWest Six Nations – Aviva Stadium

Fit-again centre Garry Ringrose excelled against Scotland having finally shaken off an ankle problem picked up in January, and has suffered no ill effects from the weekend.

“There are the usual bumps and bruises that occur following a Test match but the full squad of 36 players are available for selection this week,” the IRFU statement confirmed.

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