Thursday 17 October 2019

Joe Schmidt offers update on Robbie Henshaw as hamstring 'tightness' set to rule him out of Scotland clash

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Robbie Henshaw of Ireland during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Joe Schmidt is hopeful that Robbie Henshaw will not miss Ireland's World Cup campaign after the centre suffered a hamstring injury in training yesterday.

Henshaw is set to undergo a scan later today at which point the extent of the damage will be revealed.

The Athlone native pulled up in the first training session since Ireland touched down in Japan on Thursday, and as a result, Schmidt requested that Will Addison was withdrawn from the starting line-up of Ulster's pre-season friendly against Glasgow yesterday.

Schmidt revealed that Addison has not yet been asked to join up with the squad in Chiba ahead of Sunday's opener against Scotland in Yokohama.

Should the worst fears be confirmed however, the versatile Addison will replace Henshaw in Ireland's squad.

"Robbie pulled up with a bit of tightness in his hamstring," Schmidt confirmed at Ireland's team hotel this morning.

"He has a scan at 2pm (Japan time). That will give us more information.

"When he pulled up he wasn’t accelerating. We'd be hopeful it is not be too bad. Is it likely to rule him out of this week? Yeah, you would have to say it is likely, the fact that he did pull up, but we’d be hopefully it is not too bad. Again, I don’t want to guess until we get the scan this afternoon.

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With regards to Addison linking up with the squad, Schmidt said:

"No, he is not on his way over. That was precautionary just to make sure that we had fit and able cover, should we need a replacement for Robbie.

"As much as people wrote it into their reports, we have made no decision on who was going to play anywhere for this week.

"There is obviously people better informed than I am about who was going to play and where! I can assure you we had made no decisions. It is still quite open.

"We will see what happens with Robbie, because if it was just a tightening, it could be cramp, we have travelled a lot.

"We have tried to be fully re-hydrated, fully recovered but if we do have to leave him out this week we do have good cover."

Schmidt also revealed that he and his family plan to remain in Dublin when his IRFU contract expires following the World Cup.

The Kiwi had been expected to return him to New Zealand, but personal circumstances have altered his thinking.

"We will probably stay in Ireland for some time," Schmidt added.

"We have become pretty settled there. A big motivator for me to get back (to New Zealand) was family and unfortunately we lost our mum recently. On the back of that we’ll take a bit of a breath and make some decisions beyond that."

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