The Latest On Keith Earls & Rob Kearney Ahead Of Ireland’s World Cup Opener With Scotland

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Rob Kearney and Keith Earls both trained today and are in line to be fit for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool opener with Scotland on Sunday.

Earls has been struggling with an issue since Ireland’s final warm-up game against Wales, while Kearney pulled up with calf tightness in training during the week. Both need to go through further protocols and will be assessed again on Friday but should they come through – will be available for selection.

“They are available. There are a few protocols that they need to go through with the medical staff.” Andy Farell said via the Irish Times.

But should they fail to make the squad on Sunday, Farrell is confident both Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway can come in and do an excellent job.

“They don’t see themselves as just part of the squad now, they are team members building for something special hopefully at the weekend. Jordan is a young lad but where he has come from in the last couple of years in remarkable.” Farrell added

Robbie Henshaw meanwhile will definitely miss the game against Scotland but could return against Japan.