Saturday 20 January 2018

Ross on track to face kiwis

IRELAND remain hopeful Mike Ross will be available to line out against New Zealand at Eden Park next weekend, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.

The tighthead prop, whose injury against England on March 17 saw the Irish scrum implode and contributed significantly to a 30-9 defeat at Twickenham, suffered a hamstring tear in Leinster's Pro12 final loss to the Ospreys, making him a major concern for the first Test on Saturday.

However, the 32-year-old's recovery is said to be going well and Ross was able to partake in some light running when the Ireland squad had a short training session on Saturday morning after arriving in Auckland late the previous night.

Leinster flanker Sean O'Brien and prop Cian Healy were ruled out of that Pro12 decider and medical updates are due today after Ireland's first full session at the Onewa Domain grounds at Takapuna RFC in north Auckland.

"There is some good progress," said Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal yesterday.

"We will assess all the injuries, including Mike and Sean, at training tomorrow and we will have a better idea then, but the progress has been good."

Irish Independent

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