Sunday 18 November 2018

Conor Murray no longer training with Ireland but is still in contention for All Blacks clash

10 March 2018: Conor Murray of Ireland during the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
10 March 2018: Conor Murray of Ireland during the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek has confirmed that Conor Murray isn't training with the team in Carton House this week - but didn't rule the scrum-half out of playing against the All Blacks.

Murray will not be available to face Argentina at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening but there remains hope that the Munster star may make a sensational return to action against the world champions the following weekend.

Murray hasn't played this season after picking up a neck injury following the summer tour to Australia, but members of the Ireland coaching staff have said on a number of occasions that he could still feature against the All Blacks.

Murray trained in Carton House last week with the players who didn't travel to Chicago to face Italy, and Feek confirmed that he is not in with the squad this week as they prepare for Argentina.

"Yeah, he's not in camp," Feek said.

"Again it's another one that we're just monitoring and I'm still getting up to speed with all that as well. It's something that obviously not being here this week, they're freshening him up and it is just trying to tick some boxes to get back in the frame.

"We already have three half-backs there so there's no point in carrying one more.

"It's still the same as it has been at this stage."

Murray was in France yesterday to pick up Midi Olympique's World Player of the Year award.

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