Key Ireland Star Sits Out Training Ahead Of Crucial England Clash

Precaution.

Rob Kearney sat out training today, just four days before Ireland’s crucial Six Nations Grand Slam clash with England on Saturday.

The Leinster fullback was back to his brilliant best this past weekend against Scotland, in a man-of-the-match display. Kearney was superb on the day, both going forward and under the high ball.

But assistant coach Richie Murphy insisted the 85-cap fullback was only held back as a precaution.

“Rob’s fine, it’s just a case of managing his load,” said Murphy

“He picked up a couple of bangs in the Scotland victory, so we’re just easing him back into the week. He’s perfectly fine.”

Asked if the sight of Kearney icing his foot in training would be a cause for concern, Murphy said:

“He just got caught on his ankle, but he’s fine. Again, the medics have looked at him, they are very happy with where he’s at.”

Murphy also confirmed Johnny Sexton is now fully over a gluteal muscle injury.