Andy Farrell issues injury update ahead of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup opener

On track.

Ireland have officially landed at their camp in France ahead of next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup opening against Romania.

Andy Farrell’s side were due to have a training session at the Stade de la Vallée du Cher this morning but issues with the pitch have prevented them from getting any rugby action in, but they did stick around for a meet and greet and some other activities.

And there’s some good news on the injury front. Dave Kilcoyne [hamstring] is fit to face Romania in Bordeaux, a huge boost for Farrell with fellow loosehead Cian Healy missing the competition with a calf problem picked up in the win over Samoa.

Rónan Kelleher [hamstring] is also fit to play next Saturday, with Jack Conan also in the running. Dan Sheehan, however, looks likely to miss out.

“We’ve yet to see,” Farrell said of Sheehan.

“He’s back running well ahead of schedule. It all starts off on an AlterG to see whether they can cope with running, etc. and he was back running last week. He was flying along yesterday with the physios so he’s certainly bullish within himself and so are the medics as well.

“Jack [Conan] trained yesterday and again like any stage in rehab, it always depends on how he backs it up the next day, so we’ll see how it goes today.

“Rónan [Kelleher] was fit last week so he’s certainly fit to go. He did a full session yesterday so he’ll back that up again today. Dave Kilcoyne is exactly the same as Rónan, fit and well.”

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