Dan Leavy is back in the Ireland squad ahead of Ireland’s final Six Nations tie with Wales at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Josh Van Der Flier has been ruled out of the game with a groin injury.
Speaking in a press conference, where team news was updated scrum coach Greg Feek said “Josh van der Flier, he’s withdrawn this week due to a groin injury”. Feek said that Leavy is in the squad and will train this week. However, Ross Byrne is no a part of the squad this time around.
Rob Kearney and Joey Carbery both trained on Tuesday and both are expected to be available for selection however, this hasnt been confirmed whether they will be in Schmidt’s plans or not. Both players will be looking to get a place in the side having missed the French game. Sean O’Brien who wasnt even included in the squad to play France did train on Tuesday and according to Feek has been working very hard and is in contention for a place in the side. Feek said “Sean O’Brien has been training and working really hard, I suppose that does put him in contention. I think those sort of things are a natural progression, who is in line? I suppose Dan is there as well so we’ll make our minds up he said on RTE Sport.
Tadgh Beirne has also been in training and is also expected to be in the shake up. Feek said “Tadhg Beirne, he’s looking pretty good as well; he’s got his hand up for selection and he’ll train again today,” In regards to the game, it is still not sure whether the game will be played under the roof closed or open. It may suit Ireland with a try ball given the way the side play and the speed of some players, where Wales will be looking to keep it tight before finding the way the win.
The game kicks off at 2.45pm on Saturday and is live on Virgin Media One.