Ireland issue far from ideal update on Robbie Henshaw’s fitness

Not good.

Ireland boss Andy Farrell this afternoon named his team to play Scotland on Saturday, as the men in green look to overcome their Six Nations rivals and secure a place in the quarter-final stages of the Rugby World Cup.

Farrell has made a number of changes for the fixture, with Dan Sheehan promoted from the bench to start at hooker, Ulster second-row Iain Henderson replacing James Ryan in the starting line-up, and Jack Conan coming alongside Stuart McCloskey on the bench for the pair’s first appearance of the tournament.

There’s no room for Robbie Henshaw in the squad with Paul O’Connell yesterday stating that he picked up a hamstring “niggle” in training this week.

A further update was issued at today’s team announcement, and it has turned out to be a little more than a niggle, with Henshaw potentially out for a “couple of weeks” according to Farrell.

A decision on whether or not to replace him in the squad will be made after this weekend’s game.

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