Ireland duo passed fit for World Cup opener

Full-back Rob Kearney and wing Keith Earls will be available for Ireland’s first game of the 2019 World Cup against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday.

Both were initially doubts for the encounter having picked up injuries in the build-up to the global tournament but they successfully came through training on Wednesday, according to coach Andy Farrell.

“We’re pleased with how things have gone today,” Farrell told reporters, “Rob and Keith ran well, and trained well.

“There’s a few protocols that they need to go to, so that’s what we need to adhere to with the medical staff. But they are very happy.”

Fly-half Joey Carbery has also recovered from the ankle problem which saw him carried off in the Irishmen’s opening warm-up match against Italy, but centre Robbie Henshaw will certainly miss out.

Henshaw has sustained a hamstring injury and won’t be available for selection against Scotland, but Ireland are hopeful that the Leinster player will return for their second encounter of the World Cup versus hosts Japan.

Farrell added: “Robbie won’t make this weekend. We are very happy with his progress but he will sit out this weekend and hopefully he will be available for next week. His progress has been great.”

Ulster’s Will Addison, who has impressed whenever he has been given an opportunity, is on standby, with the Irish management team requesting that the 27-year-old is rested for the Belfast outfit’s pre-season friendly against Glasgow Warriors.