Declan Kidney has allayed fears over the fitness of Stephen Ferris for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with France after the Ireland flanker missed Friday morning's captain's run.
Ferris was a spectator as his team-mates completed their scheduled training session at the Stade de France. The 24-year-old Ulster back row was only passed fit on Thursday after missing the championship opener against Italy with a knee injury.
"We're not treating Stephen with kid gloves," said Ireland's head coach. "It was prudent for him to sit training out as there's a balance to strike when a player comes back in. Stephen is fine, he's been charging around in training but we wanted to hold him back a bit."
He added: "Kevin McLaughlin did a good job for us against Italy as his replacement but Stephen, despite being the younger player, has that little bit more big-match experience.
"This back row has played together a bit - Stephen, David Wallace and Jamie Heaslip have an understanding of each other's game.
"They compliment each other. Like the other lads, Stephen can carry, makes tackles and can operate in the line-out.
"France have so much experience in the back row and on the bench.
"We need every bit of experience we have out on the pitch so that we can stay with them for the whole 80 minutes."