14 Nov 2018

Injury boost for Irish rugby team

9:45 am on 14 November 2018

Ireland's three doubtful players have all trained today ahead of this weekend's Test against the All Blacks in Dublin.

Irish rugby player Rob Kearney.

Irish rugby player Rob Kearney. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Centre Garry Ringrose, fullback Rob Kearney and halfback Kieran Marmion are all on track for selection.

Ringrose and Kearney missed last weekend's game against Argentina with hip and shoulder injuries respectively, while Marmion limped off with an ankle injury in the second half of that game.

Defence coach Andy Farrell says that all of the squad trained fully today and that the injured trio all took a full part.

"Everyone took the field and some of the lads are progressing well and (the injured trio) all trained in a full session and we'll take stock of that over the next 24 hours, but are on the right track."

Farrell was also asked about the importance of having 86 cap Kearney back.

"Anyone would be happy to have a Rob Kearney in the squad, the experience alone of what he's been through and obviously the experience of playing against New Zealand before, he's key to any squad."

Yesterday halfback Conor Murray and centre Robbie Henshaw were ruled out of contention for the Test.

Farrell spoke about the quality of the opposition this weekend.

"New Zealand are the best team in the world for a reason. We want to play against them as much as we can because we want to test ourselves and keep improving.

If we could play them every week it would be good for our development. There is no 'secret' to beating them. They are masters at sticking to the plan when things go wrong. We've got to learn from that and get back on point when things go against us."