Kearney’s fit for key role in big Slam bid
Rob Kearney is expected to be fit for Ireland’s NatWest 6 Nations Grand Slam decider with England at Twickenham on Saturday, despite nursing an ankle issue.
Leinster star Kearney sat out training yesterday, but assistant coach Richie Murphy insisted the 85cap full-back was only held back as a precaution.
Skills coach Murphy also confirmed that Johnny Sexton is now fully over a gluteal muscle injury, which hampered his goalkicking in the wins over Wales and Scotland.
Ireland will chase just a third-ever Grand Slam this weekend, having sealed a third Six Nations title in five years with Saturday’s 28-8 victory over Scotland.
“Rob’s fine, it’s just a case of managing his load,” said Murphy, of 31-year-old Kearney, who was icing his foot at Ireland’s Tuesday training session.
“He picked up a couple of bangs in the Scotland victory, so we’re just easing him back into the week. He’s perfectly fine.
“He just got caught on his ankle, but he’s fine.
“Again, the medics have looked at him, they are very happy with where he’s at.”
Murphy maintained that prop Cian Healy is fit after a neck problem picked up against Scotland, with Ireland rejecting any notion of the front-rower suffering a head injury. “He’s fully fit, he trained fully,” said Murphy, reiterating Ireland’s stance that loosehead prop Healy had not suffered a head injury at the weekend.