Ireland Issue Fitness Updates On Joey Carbery, Robbie Henshaw & Jordi Murphy


Joey Carbery and Robbie Henshaw are expected to train fully with Ireland this week ahead of their final Rugby World Cup pool fixture with Samoa this weekend.

And there’s also good news for Jordi Murphy after he injured his ribs early on in the win over Russia last Thursday. Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell says Murphy “is a lot better” than that they thought he would be.

The Ulster back-row, who replaced the injured Jack Conan in the squad last week, is expected to return to training on Thursday and will not be flying home

“He’s a lot better. He’s a lot better than we thought he would be anyway. He’s shaped up really well,” Farrell said when asked about Murphy.

“He’s very comfortable walking around and we expect Jordi to be back training on Thursday.”

Joey Carbery meanwhile is “flying” after pulling out of the squad to play Russia with an ankle problem, according to Farrell.

“Joey is flying, he’s in a great place,” Farrell said.

“He’s in the best place I’ve certainly seen him over the last few weeks. He was running around the training ground today with a proper spring in his step. He’s in great spirits and he’s ready to go.”

And as for Henshaw – he just can’t wait to get out there.

“I have to say, it has been tough sitting in the stands watching the games,” said Henshaw of missing the Scotland, Japan and Russia games.

“I’m champing at the bit really to get out and help the lads. It’s exciting for me.”

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