Tuesday 12 December 2017

Murphy set for recall as Kidney keeps options open ahead of England clash

Hugh Farrelly

GEORDAN MURPHY is in the mix for an international recall ahead of the clash with England tomorrow week.

The full-back has not played for Ireland since appearing off the bench in their Grand Slam-securing win over Wales in Cardiff last March and has spent much of this season sidelined after dislocating his shoulder playing for Leicester against Wasps last September.

However, the 31-year-old has featured off the bench for the Tigers in recent weeks and is expected to play against Gloucester tomorrow which, given the injury to regular Ireland full-back Rob Kearney, makes him an option for coach Declan Kidney against England.

"We'll give him a look," confirmed Kidney yesterday. "We're hoping he'll get a start for Leicester against Gloucester. It was always our plan to bring him into training next week, whether he has enough game time or not ... but you wouldn't rule anybody out."

Ireland completed their two-day training stint in Cork yesterday, using the facilities at Nemo Rangers GAA club because the pitches at PBC Cork's Wilton grounds were frozen, and Kidney is optimistic about the injury situation ahead of Tuesday's team selection.

Brian O'Driscoll, Stephen Ferris and Donncha O'Callaghan all have knee problems.


Irish Independent

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