Friday 6 December 2019

Leinster coach Leo Cullen backs Garry Ringrose for Wales role as he gives injury update

Garry Ringrose could be in contention for Ireland. Photo: PA
Garry Ringrose could be in contention for Ireland. Photo: PA
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster coach Leo Cullen is confident that Garry Ringrose could do a job against Wales next week – despite being left out of his side to face Scarlets tomorrow.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt intimated yesterday that the returning centre could play against Wales even if he didn't have a warm-up game this weekend.

Munster's Chris Farrell seems to be winning the race to replace the injured Robbie Henhsaw in the Irish midfield but the Leinster man could still stake a claim after an encouraging return to injury.

"Garry started training at the end of this week," confirmed Cullen. "It's a little to soon for him but he is making good progress. He looked good in training yesterday.

"It's difficult to go straight into a match (after a lay-off) but he has done it in the past, he is an experienced player and I'm sure he would be well up to the challenge.

"We have had a few issues in midfield, Garry and Robbie Henshaw were out for the start of the season and now Robbie is out again so it is a challenge for other players. That is why we have squads. It's the nature of the game."

Cullen also delivered an upbeat assessment of flanker Sean O'Brien, who is targeting a return to action by the end of the championship.

"Sean O'Brien has returned to running this week separately but he is making good progress," said Cullen.

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