Thursday 17 October 2019

Joe Schmidt gives positive injury update on Ireland stars after bruising Scotland encounter

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup - Ireland Captain's Run - International Stadium Yokahama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, Japan - September 20, 2019 Ireland's head coach Joe Schmidt looks on during the Captain's Run. REUTERS/ Rebecca Naden
Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup - Ireland Captain's Run - International Stadium Yokahama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, Japan - September 20, 2019 Ireland's head coach Joe Schmidt looks on during the Captain's Run. REUTERS/ Rebecca Naden
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Joe Schmidt has allayed fears over Peter O'Mahony and Bundee Aki, who were forced off in the first-half of Ireland's 27-3 win over Scotland.

The Ireland coach revealed that although both players had failed HIA 1, neither were showing concussive symptoms in the dressing room afterwards.

Nevertheless, O'Mahony and Aki will have to follow the return-to-play protocols and as such are in a race to be fit for next weekend's clash against Japan.

Schmidt also confirmed that Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong were not injured during the tonight's clash.

Sexton received treatment on his leg and as a result, he passed on the goal-kicking responsibilities to Conor Murray.

Furlong also went down during the second half and with Ireland enjoying a comfortable lead, Schmidt opted not to take any chances with the tighthead as he took him off.

"Tadhg is fine, Johnny is fine," Schmidt said.

"We decided to get him off, Conor off. We had two HIAs, Bundee and Pete. They are both symptom-free at the moment, that’s reassuring but we’ve got to go through the process.

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"They failed HIA 1 so they’ll go through HIA 2, HIA 3. That will determine whether or not they’ve got a concussion.

"Beyond that, the minimum time you can turn around a player is six days so we’ll look at how that pans out, probably over the next 24 hours when they do their HIA 2 and HIA 3."

With a six-day turnaround to the Japan game, Schmidt admitted that it was frustrating as he looks to get to get Aki and O'Mahony back in time.

"Yeah, it's a frustration for everyone because everyone knows they're going to have some tight turnarounds," Schmidt added.

"I know for the Russians, they're back out on Tuesday and that is a real difficulty for them because I thought they were incredibly good on Friday.

"For us, we've just got to accept it's a six-day turnaround and manage our squad as best we can. If we don't have guys that we think are 100pc, then it was great what happened this week to a degree because Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Joey Carbery, they're all training well. So we've got them, hopefully, on a bit of an upswing for Japan.

"You never take anything for granted. We'll only get two trainings on Tuesday and Thursday because we'll travel down to Shizuoka tomorrow.

"That will take up a fair bit of the day and by the time we get there, we'll rest up and get into training on Tuesday."

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