Ireland step up preparations ahead of England game

Robbie Henshaw, Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls and James Ryan all sat out Ireland’s team training session on Tuesday in the Algarve as Joe Schmidt stepped up his preparations with just over a month to the World Cup.

According to RTE Sport, Ireland have been in the Algarve since last Wednesday. Once the camp is over they will depart for London, where they travel to Twickenham to play England in their second World Cup game. According to Ireland skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy, Henshaw and Sexton were absent from training due to soreness. He did state that there were no real fears for the duo ahead of the World Cup itself. Murphy speaking on Irish Rugby TV said: “It’s about managing them and getting their workload right for possible involvement this week, and if not next week.” Murphy also had news regarding Joey Carbery, he said that the medics are happy with his progress and they would expect him to be at this stage of his recovery. Carbery hurt his ankle and required surgery and is now in a race to be fit for Ireland’s opening game against Scotland in Japan. Richie Murphy said to Irish Rugby TV “Joey is well into his recovery programme. He feels confident and is exactly where the medics would expect him to be at this stage of recovery.”

Murphy has also said that plans have been put in place if Joey Carbery wasn’t to make it. He said “Though he is very much online for that time frame, we also have to have contingency plans in place. We will look at that over the next few weeks and get game time into certain people.” He said a decision will come closer to the time, in which a decision will then be made. He said to Irish Rugby TV “We are watching him and how he is progressing. At this moment we are very happy where he is at. The form of other players will depend on whether there is a spot for him or not. Opportunities will go to the likes of Jack [Carty] and Ross [Byrne]”.

Tadgh Byrne and Jacob Stockdale also spoke to Irish Rugby TV about the current training camp in Portugal. Furlong said “When you’re doing the warm-up and all your sweltering, but you find as you go along you get kind of used to it. The Wexford man continued, “It has been good, it has been challenging but it’s something we have to get used to”.Irish Rugby TV Speaking to Jacob Stockdale said the first couple of days were very tough but it is good kind of tester for what it’s going to be like in Japan. When asked by media does the training sessions have an impact on recovery, the Ulster winger said: “After the session is over you need to cool down really well and when your not training you need to be smart not sitting out in the sun”. Asked about pre-season Furlong said it was tough but at the same time you love playing rugby and it what you dreamt of doing since you were a kid”. Stockdale said of New Zealand,” They are probably going be the favourites and they showed that at the weekend against Australia, but every game in that competition was competitive.



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