Joe Schmidt On The Fitness Of Rob Kearney & Garry Ringrose For All Blacks Test

Doing well.

Both Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose are expected to be fit and ready for Ireland’s heavyweight clash with world champions New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium next weekend.

Kearney has be out for the last couple of weeks with a shoulder injury sustained while on duty for Leinster, while Ringrose picked up a knock in the win over Italy last Saturday.

Schmidt says both are doing really well and will likely train fully next week. Ringrose probably even could have played on Saturday, but the Ireland boss didn’t want to risk it.

“They are both doing really well,” Schmidt said following his team announcement

“Rob Kearney was involved in the session today and ran really well.

“Garry [Ringrose] didn’t train Tuesday. At a pinch [Ringrose] could potentially play Saturday but we don’t want to go into an Argentina Test match with a pinch.”

“We want to have guys who are fully fit and ready and that gives us a little more time to make sure that Garry is able to train Monday in preparation for the following week.”