Ireland’s Keith Earls and Rob Kearney will both be available to face Scotland on Sunday, according to defence coach Andy Farrell who says there is an “intensity and a bite” to his team’s training at the moment which suggests they are coming to the boil just at the right time.
Speaking for the first time since Ireland arrived in Japan ahead of their World Cup opener, Farrell – who takes over from Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach after the World Cup – said winger Earls (thigh) and back full-back Kearney (calf) had both “run well and trained well” on Wednesday morning.
“There are a few protocols that they need to go through, so that’s what we need to adhere to with the medical staff,” he said. “But they are very happy. They are available. We’ve obviously another session to go on Friday. It’s Wednesday. The game’s on Sunday, so we’re building nicely.”
Both players were seen running around during the ‘vision access’ part of training in Chiba on Wednesday before the team moved down to Yokohama where Sunday’s match will be played, though whether they continued to take a full part in the session once the cameras were put away was the subject of much speculation. Some believe that Ireland may be trying to throw Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend off the scent by talking up their players’ fitness.
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