Wednesday 17 January 2018

Weather disturbs Six Nations preparations as Ireland training session falls victim to freezing conditions

The frozen playing surface at Carton House this morning.
The frozen playing surface at Carton House this morning.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

The Ireland rugby squad will have to wait until this afternoon to be put through their paces after the morning training session was cancelled because of the weather.

The playing surface at Carton House in Kildare was deemed unsafe after temperatures plummeted as low as -7 overnight.

Today's training session will now take place this afternoon after the media briefing when Joe Schmidt will continue preparations for the Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome.

Jamie Heaslip has not trained fully since coming into camp as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury and must come through the session in order to prove his fitness for clash with the Azzurri.

The news was generally positive from the national team camp yesterday with Conor Murray expected to play at the weekend, as is Connacht's Robbie Henshaw.

Up front, Schmidt is boosted by the news that Jack McGrath and Mike Ross came through their return unscathed on Friday and they are likely to link up with Rory Best or Sean Cronin in Rome, while Cian Healy underwent final tests on his hamstring yesterday and is expected to return to full training on Thursday.

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