Ireland Continue To Wait On Fitness Of Rob Kearney

Irish management say it may be 24 to 48 hours before they find out if Rob Kearney is available to face Italy in the World Cup next weekend. The full back picked up a suspected glute strain in yesterday’s bonus point win over Romania and will undergo a scan today. Keith Earls, who was also subbed through injury yesterday, is suffering stiffness in the neck but will be fine. Robbie Henshaw will train fully this week and will be available for selection for the next game. The Connacht player has missed out on both games so far due to a hamstring injury. In the forwards Jordi Murphy has a dead leg but will recover in time for the next match. Wales are up to second in the latest world rankings – their highest ever position. Warren Gatland’s side beat England 28-25 in Saturday’s World Cup Pool A match at Twickenham. England have dropped to sixth as a result. Ireland are fourth, with Scotland ninth. World champions New Zealand top the rankings. England flanker Tom Wood has escaped a possible ban for striking Wales full-back Liam Williams, which means he’ll be free to play in next Saturday’s crucial Pool A clash with Australia. Wood has been given a warning after he kicked Williams in the head while trying to connect with a loose ball. Wales and England have both had to replace injured players after Saturday’s Pool A clash at Twickenham. Wales have confirmed that Scott Williams and Halam Amos have been ruled-out of the rest of the tournament and have called-up James Hook and Gareth Anscombe as replacements. And England no.8 Billy Vunipola suffered a knee injury and will be replaced by Nick Easter.

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