The Irish Team trained at the famous Carisbrook Stadium in Dunedin this afternoon ahead of their final Rugby World Cup Pool C game against Italy. Fresh from their 50 point win over Russia, there was further good news for management and fans alike as Gordon D’Arcy took a full part in training showing no reaction to the hamstring strain that ruled him out of the clash with the Bears.
Tommy Bowe and Paul O’Connell, who have suffering from calf and hamstring injuries respectively, sat out the main session instead taking part in some light training instead however it is expected that they will both be able to step up their training levels at tomorrow’s session and should be fit for the clash with the Italian.
Rob Kearney (bruised knee), Keith Earls (bruised leg) and Sean O’Brien (bruised arm) who all played against the Russians sat out the session as a precaution although the trio should return to full training tomorrow.
Ireland play Italy on Sunday morning at 8.30am Irish time, should Declan Kidney’s side win they will top the group and face a quarter final clash with either Wales or Samoa. Italy will head into the bouyed by their two bonus win’s in the group so far, their latest one coming in the early hours of Tuesday morning when they beat Eddie O’Sullivan’s USA Eagles 27-10.