Ireland Set For Massive Double Fitness Boost Ahead Of Wales Game

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Ireland could be set for a double fitness boost ahead of their Six Nations clash with Wales in two weeks time, with news that both Sean O’Brien and Garry Ringrose are likely to be fit.

Joe Schmidt was asked about the fitness of the injured Leinster pair in his post match press conference and he reckons the two of them could very well be back for the crucial clash at the Aviva.

“Sean is trucking along pretty well, as well.” Schmidt said.

“We’re starting to get a few other loose forwards that we need to look at, and Sean O’Brien is automatically one of those.

“He’s making pretty good progress, so we’ll get an update on Sean during the week and he may well come into the squad ahead of the Wales Test match.”

As for Ringrose, Schmidt said he wouldn’t be available for Leinster’s game with the Scarlets next weekend, but would likely be available for selection come the Welsh game.

The Ireland boss said it may be a tough ask throwing Ringrose straight in for the Wales game, but hasn’t ruled it out. Sean O’Brien meanwhile, is a master at this stage of launching himself back into Test rugby after absences.

Tadhg Furlong could also be fit in time, but Robbie Henshaw’s tournament looks to be over.