Friday 20 April 2018

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.

Online Editors

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport