Joe Schmidt Provides Injury Updates On Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton & Keith Earls

What a day.

Ireland remain unbeaten at this year’s Six Nations after securing an impressive bonus-point win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Tries from Jacob Stockdale (2), Dan Leavy, Cian Healy and Bundee Aki were enough to secure a 37-27 win over Warren Gatland’s side. The result, along with Scotland’s massive win over England, leaves Ireland 5 points clear at the top of the table.

Once again though, there were some injury concerns after the game, namely star halfback pairing Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray, and Munster winger Keith Earls. Thankfully the update from head coach Joe Schmidt was pretty positive.

“Johnny Sexton just got a dead glute,” said Schmidt.

“He copped a knee in the backside really. He could have stayed on and played on but we’ve got a lot of confidence in Joey Carbery and we just felt that we want to keep growing the group and it was a good opportunity for Joey.

“In his Test debut, he came on with 20 to go against the All Blacks and guided us home, so we felt that he was well enough placed to go and control that last five minutes.”

Murray looked in some pain midway through the second half, when his leg was trapped in a ruck and twisted rather awkwardly. But once again, Schmidt says it’s nothing too serious.

“He’s walking without any problem at all,” Schmidt said.

“He finished the game, he ran fully, changed angles fully.

“I can imagine it will be a little bit sore and it’s incredible what these guys will do to get out of training on Tuesday. He and Johnny might get Tuesday off but on the other hand, they have well and truly earned it.”

Keith Earls was replaced by Fergus McFadden a little earlier than many would have expected. Turns out he had a bit of a calf issue, but once again, he should be fine.

“He is fine, there was no event, but in the context of keeping him fully fit we decided we would take him off.”