Ireland Issue Squad Update Ahead Of First Test With Australia

Fit and ready.

Ireland head into this weekend’s first Test with the Wallabies in Brisbane with a clean bill of health bar skipper Rory Best who pulled out of the squad last week with a hamstring injury picked up while training with Ulster.

Best pulled up in training ahead of Ulster’s Champions Cup play-off with Ospreys and has been unable to sufficiently recover. The skipper has stayed at home with Munster’s Niall Scannell travelling with the squad to Australia in his place.

The other concerns in the squad were Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki and Iain Henderson, but they all look to be in good shape with all 32 players expected to take part in Ireland’s first pitch session in Australia tomorrow.

“The Ireland squad arrived into Brisbane, Australia on Saturday and have spent the last two days acclimatizing following the long flight and the nine time zone changes.” an Irish Rugby statement read.

“On Sunday the squad had a gym session and a light walk through at the Bond University High Performance Training Centre before a day off on Monday.”

“Rory Best is the only player named in the original squad of 32 who did not travel.  Best was replaced in the squad by Munster’s Niall Scannell. All 32 are expected to take part in Tuesday’s first on pitch session in Australia. “

Ireland take on Australia in Suncorp Stadium this Saturday at 11am Irish time.