Kear­ney in­jury adds to Sch­midt headache

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - By Nick Pure­wal

Rob Kear­ney is un­der­stood to be a new doubt for Ire­land’s World Cup opener against Scot­land.

The ex­pe­ri­enced full-back is thought to have picked up a calf com­plaint in train­ing yes­ter­day, hand­ing head coach Joe Sch­midt an in­jury headache.

Rob­bie Hen­shaw is also “very, very un­likely” to be fit for Sun­day’s pool game in Yoko­hama due to a ham­string prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to scrum coach Greg Feek.

But los­ing Kear­ney would force an­other back­line re­think, with An­drew Con­way and Jor­dan Lar­mour in the frame to start at 15.

The 33-year-old Kear­ney, who has won 92 caps, im­pressed in Ire­land’s 19-10 vic­tory over Wales that closed their World Cup warm-up fix­tures in Dublin on Sept 7.

Hen­shaw picked up a ham­string prob­lem in train­ing and is ex­pected to miss the Scot­land clash. Ire­land have opted not to re­lease the full ex­tent of his in­jury but a team spokesman con­firmed the 26-yearold will not be re­turn­ing home.

Asked if Hen­shaw had been ruled out of the Scot­land match, Feek said: “Well, not re­ally, but you can read be­tween the lines. Rob­bie’s look­ing very, very un­likely.

“We’ve just got back from train­ing and still sort­ing things out, but it’s rea­son­ably pos­i­tive in terms of what we saw. Some of these guys, they can im­prove dra­mat­i­cally, as op­posed to the av­er­age hu­man.”

Feek also con­firmed that Joey Car­bery trained fully on Mon­day after re­cov­er­ing from his an­kle in­jury, leav­ing him well placed to fea­ture against Scot­land.

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