The Irish team have received a big boost with the news that Tadgh Furlong and Iain Henderson are on course to be fit for Saturday’s Six Nations showdown with Scotland.
Hamstring injuries forced both players out of the win over Wales, but management expect to train fully this week.
The Munster pair of Andrew Conway and Niall Scannell have been ruled out of the game due to knee and rib issues.
Ulster’s Rob Herring has rejoined the squad have overcome and elbow problem.
John Hardie has been called into Scotland’s squad for the first time since serving a three-month ban for alleged cocaine use.
The Edinburgh flanker is one of 10 players head coach Gregor Townsend has added to his panel.
Hooker Fraser Brown, lock Richie Gray and centre Alex Dunbar return from injury.
Scrum-half George Horne has received his first senior call-up.
Jono Gibbes has been appointed as the new head coach of New Zealand province Waikato.
The former Leinster and Clermont forwards coach has been in charge of Ulster since they sacked Les Kiss.
Last week Gibbes announced he was leaving the Province at the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger could become the next Everton manager, if sacked by Arsenal.
Reports claim the Toffees want the under fire Gunners boss to take charge at Goodison Park.
The pressure continues to mount on Wenger as the 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, has left Arsenal 13 points adrift of the Champions League qualification places.
Sam Allardyce is said to be borrowed time at Everton after they slumped to their sixth successive away defeat at Watford on Saturday.
English FA chief executive Martin Glenn’s apologised for comments he made about the Star of David.
He was trying to explain why political and religious symbols shouldn’t be displayed on a football shirt – but used it alongside examples like a swastika.
The Jewish Leadership Council said the comparison was “offensive and inappropriate”.
Glenn was attempting to highlight the reason for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola being charged for wearing a political symbol – a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians.
In England Sebastian Coe’s been accused by MPs of misleading a parliamentary inquiry into doping in sport.
A select committee report claims the president of athletics’ world governing body, the IAAF (pron: i-double-a-f), tried to distance himself from his knowledge of Russian doping allegations before they became public.
It says he should have acted on it sooner.
But the report does acknowledge Lord Coe’s efforts to clean up the sport since late 2015.