Andy Farrell offers injury update following Ireland’s win over Italy

Injury update.

Ireland kicked off their Summer Nations Series campaign with a win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night.

Tries from Dave Kilcoyne, Caelan Doris (2), Stuart McCloskey and Cian Healy secured a 33-17 win in front over the home crowd, with England up next for Andy Farrell’s men in a fortnight.

Traditionally these games are used to trial out combinations and give certain players a final chance to convince the coaching staff they should be part of the Rugby World Cup squad, but the threat of injury this close out is always a concern.

And Ireland were left sweating following yesterday’s win with three key members of the squad picking up knocks, with Craig Casey, Jimmy O’Brien and Jack Conan all forced off.

Conan was seen in a protective boot after the game, while O’Brien and Casey picked up shoulder and hamstring injuries respectively. But boss Andy Farrell offered a positive update on all three after the game.

“They seem not too bad,” Farrell said.

“Jimmy’s shoulder has shut down a bit, it’s an old issue.

“Jack lost power in his foot, but seems okay. Craig’s back tightened up, which affected his hamstring.”

Here’s hoping all three will make a full recovery as you’d expect all of them to be on the plane to France.

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